India Morning Report: Portfolio investment highs let India story dominate

Investment percent gdp
Investment percent gdp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As investment flows confirm net positive investments in India on a regular daily basis, making the total for March closer to $3 Bln or close to $150 mln per day (INR 900 Crores) , India and Indonesia keep hopes alive for Global equities and EEM flows remain negative with exits from China, Japan and Korea closing out on any hope for recovery in North Asia with China remaining dull and Japans deficit imports coming at the cost of lower Exports being kept on deficit mirroring the phase of growth investments without concurrent investing flows.

 

6590 levels obviously proved daunting for India Inc and markets returned the gains out of the morning trades after a buoyant day for equities all around, looking for new levels not belying the sad events of 2012 for Corporate India Markets stay away from Banks as markets had a big open on Monday and new levels in private sector banks seem to wait for PSU banks that continue to be neglected for their larger than life NPA sores and aches.

 

Reasons for cheering the performance of Auto and metals however still seem t o be further ahea d on the road to recovery and have hardly earned their stripes. Bank License hopefuls that still include the Aditya Birla Group and a couple of other corporate houses are probably caught unaware by the extra scrutiny imposed by the Poll panel ahead of a new government in steed at the Center. RBI has enough reason to deny corporate houses a chance to play with the banking system but it may be difficult to deny claims of available NBFC models like Aditya Birla Money ( Diversified Financial Services ) AND M&M Financial Services ( Retail unsecured/Auto Lending ) after satisfying the NOHFC structure requirements, giving the CEntral Bank a tytough decision as it probably wants to hand over no more than 4-5 new opportunities

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India Morning Report: Did investors buy into the Rupee last week, and the Suntory deal

Friday’s  closing rushes on the Rupee trade could be just another chimera as the China miasma refuses to scare foreing investors from China and other shallow EMs renamed MINTs. China also reported an improved Services PMI implying the trade situation could improve for it and its partners including Aussie, USA and India. However, things overall continue to look bleak for global growth as dependent on legs of growth in China and Europe.

Europe has been importing more, however, esp as Germany probably focusees on its own consumption for a small break after a Target imposed halcyon end to 2013. Rates are likely unchanged in Central Bank announcements and Global liquidity reprieve trades, may be ephemeral at best as Yellen returns to post snow recovery prognostications to hopefully continue along the same taper gradient $10 Bln in each policy date.

However, not to be confused by the Global Economy’s internecine interactive brusqueness, the India trade remains a leader for the Global benign trend continuing in Equities and HY debt this year and is likely to turn in better performances on the bourses than any other.

The 4.7% GDP score was not so bad except that it included at its best form, not more than 6% contribution from Services. As expected, Agriculture did not continue an extended rebound from Q2 and thus contributed to an overall disappointment for policy watchers with Governor RGR still on the edge of another couple of rate hikes and CPI close to plateauing out at a high 8% itself

Radico Khaitan is one of the bigger winners as the Equity trade in India opens to new bull scenarios, we choosing to watch after every 100 points as traders fill up the gaps and bears might give up most of their extraordinary gains in the following 6 monthsas they take each plateau of waiting for more investors as an inordinate sign of weakness or overconfidence having nbrought the hcicken count home to roost

Volatility remains at an extended low and the PCR below 1, implies one should batten down the hatches as most price levels on your choice investments would carry very little risk on sold puts . SBI and Maruti also proffer extraordinary choice to traders that need financing and are not selling puts ans positional shorts in both continue to dig for lost Mayan Gold, making it at least a year or 1200 levels before they exit with profittaking trades.

JP Associates may be out of the index but is a great plus trade ( opnly post redenomination of the Nifty) while Adani Enterpricses catches supplementary caucus support from the Adani Port bull trade. GAIL may still not make it to mainstrem positional trades or transition into a defensive but we reccommend buying the stock with IDFC and YES, while ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank individually will carry the Banknifty, PSU shorts making the Index tradea patchy non performing long

Foreign buyers saw $2.2 Bln in gross trading on the NSE itself on Friday. The return of bank investors and trading rooms including StanChart and HSBC to the bull trade on the Rupee, counld confirm secular up trades in Asia even as China gets ready for a currency depreciation battle. However, first order of business would be to observe if equities can keep up with the smaller selling that remains part of the trade in the first half of the week as markets start the series at fresh new highs of 6277.

The Sun Pharma and Hindalco trades should catch fire by the middle of the week in that scenario as mainline picks remain good for the goo but new buyers may not get them at better levels . Bharti , ITC and Bajaj Auto continue to hold strength in the consumer investments story and Services PMI returnign tot he green likely for 2014 means aviation, trade and tourism could critically support the good guys from here. The LIC and ONGC/OIL buys for BHEL and IOC are confirmed but sectoral trades aer non existent on either side. Pharma’s big week returning to substitute IT is the one certainty and not an immediate bulltrade so more consolidation is likely this wek esp if the Pharma trade does not kick in. The inevitable short trade on Hero as it yields ground to a bad February sales data will only land blows till 1850 levels as the news f the recovery should kick in the sector after new excise reduction and recovery in buying from March

India Morning Report: (Closed for Shivaratri) Markets hoping to be tested again at 6250 in the new series

At 6240 levels the market achieved yesterday itself, another round of consolidation is due for the markets and with the second round of investing in November having attracted Passive fund investors while the active foreign interests remain bought in, Indian markets unlike China batting on euphemisms and an opaque economy non responsive to new stimuli, India will retain most of the bull interest as it proved at 6000 levels and then two consecutive bump ups in a testy 2014 start .

The March F&O series may see more active Foreign interest returning, but it remains to be seen if markets can continue from here. In any case, markets will increase the propensity to remain flat and one suspects the new correction that laziness induces next week, may be short lived till a volatility of 18 is reached before deep corrections are completed in individual stocks closest to heavy overvaluation, namely the SBI, BOB and other PSU Bank trades among others

I don’t believe India’s increased short term foreign debt situation is causing any fresh payment problems as Oil has decidedly planned to start a bear trade globally and in India and hot money or NDF mispricing does not seem to have the desired hook on the trend, as markets might indeed get a positive pricing kicker from the NDF markets on the currency as long as Oil trades lower and a commodities bearish cycle licks in across the broader spectrum , esp those in demand in China where domestic production has not only suffered but been officially deprioritised.

Indian Fixed Income Markets seem to agree with Governor Rajan that CPI may not trend lower as the Governor sets his sights on an ambitious training target program for inflation thru required government diktat to support the Urjit Patel report. From all signs, however RGR is a pragmatist and given that India will anyway continue under the spectre of high 9% bank rate scenarios, additional rate hikes may actually hit more targeted spots on the consumer inflation , but banks are unlikely to have increased transmission of the available liquidity to the broader markets in terms of reducing extraordinary deposits and increasing effective velocity of money as the investment cycle awaits other signals. RBI also completed paperwork on CDS issuance in Corporate paper ( IG and HY) while the market continues to look for th esecular India pull to deepen India’s debt and Fixed income markets

Expiry 2 pm trades on Wednesday had not seen a sharper cut, but the markets could easily turn any new 6250 positions of sold puts into short interest could have tanked the market back below 6200 levels to watch for as expiry otherwise is a dull newsless affair, the above discussion being mere undercurrents the markets have faced for more than 2 years now. Markets are closed for Shivaratri today

Energy cos, like the OMCs retain a default rating of BBB- . Sahara promoter, Subrata Ray got a rude shock on the delivered judgement yesterday as the court issued him a non bailable warrant and ADB signed a new road project in the backwaters of Chhattisgarh.

India Morning Report: Markets retain new bullish memes (again to 6100)

Markets will close above 6100 again but later afternoon sessions may see more enthusiasm as good economic data could be followed by expected passive investor moves and new EEM flows to show likely coming trends.

HDFC Bank is up and out of the 600-680 move with new targets to probably near 750 levels. Banks will expectedly support the next upmove too, ICICI Bank having made up new routes to at least 1030 levels, probably 1070 A look at some fund portfolios , interestingly shows Axis is indeed out of favor and Infy in a different block of memory unlikely to provide any traders with gains or hedges as it corrects to 3600 levels. Apollo Tyres, India Cements and JP Associates added open interest yesterday as main trends broke tin the nifty drop from 6150 to below 6100 levels. Sree Renuka stake sale does not seem like a trade at all, being a long known and expected unloading by the promoter. Open offer is apparently at a discount but Wilmar is immediattely extinguishing debt worth INR 12 Bln. Bharti is a great buy again in positional trades from 295 levels. Bajaj Auto will likely continue to 1950 levels for a stab at a quick double (century) The Adani Port move you heard today is so true,its the INR 80 Bln JNPT contract.

Japan is celebrating a bullish candle early in the morning as Chinese manufacturing, along expected lines, brushes near contraction levels. Fed minutes from January showed the Fed agreeable to  changing the unemployment targets and thus somemembers eagerness to discuss increasin gthe short term fed rate will likely be ignored as markets start up after a 5-10% cut since the new year. However on the flip side for India, the risk of an inflated Oil bill has increased. External Commercial Borrowing Markets are open for India Inc to increase disposition from, the CAD averted, but the small packet of Coporate External debt, now unsettling India policy markets. Fixed Income Markets and Currency markets would recover from yesterdays dip as the recovery unfolds into a more tangible item of import than just hope traded by domestic equity and consumption markets. KKR is also providing transformational capital in a new (presser in ET) bid, that could soon be emulated by SBI and ICICI as restructured assets hit a new high in the banking system.

A new endeavour at the Central Bank could see proposals to accept some or all the changes reccommended by the FSLRC. The recommendation, are likely to further aim to bridge the gap between Private sector growth memes and the larger PSU counterparts with capacity building and skills development (HR) guidelines

G20 is up later this week, IMF taking the opportunity to underline that currency concerns remain, obviating any choice of policy leadership for India at another G20 edition, India the easiest dog to put down in the revolt of the EM manger. ( twisted, yet really twisted, paraplegic choice and execution of simile (not stimuli) The Ukraine Hryvnia, the Korean Won  and the turkish lira are likely to be the largest exceptions not part of the mainstream in G20 trades and will be dominating the agenda, not to forget the Singapore Dollar which remains a unique economic substitute for the whole block ( try a whole fat analysis) and mexico a member but likely to stay silent too as Australia lead this round (2014)

Jet Airways’ loss in a sedate Airlines quarter, even as its etihad deal now hangs fire  at the Compat ( like the CCI but just the Appellate Tribunal) Jet has loans of INR 104 Bln as of this quarter, hardly $1.7 Bln but apparently 7X of the other nearest competitor. its market share is now less than 20% as it waits for deal approval. The INR 2.85 Bln loss a INR 3.60 Bln deterioration from its year ago profitable quarter, leaving unlisted IndiGo the winner with Sale and Leaseback economics still leaving maintenance bills manageable and the airline scoring on all the busy metro routes. Air Asia is likely to change that if it is allowed to fly. That would be concomitant with changes in regulation allowing all these Indian fliers to book international routes without a track record’ compulsion(Two dogs in the dogfight, Indigo and Jet, why are others even flying? – significant business case and consulting win with free markets allowing portfolio rationalisation).

And as Facebook found its Twitter-alike acquisition for mobile messaging that paid its promoters $19 Bln, India media look to another expat manager in the pile of 55 employees for the India story and there is as usual one solitary reaper, digging away in that bee hive(ant hill)

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has taken stewardship at IIM Bangalore as Chairman of the Board . IIM also recently saw a new Director joining back from Boston University ( Sushil Vachani)

In other unlisted business, why wouldn’t a new Pharma business story with unlisted Capital or a PE try to fund a great Pharma business , not from a decade old Pharma attempts in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad but elsewhere. Cost of Equity in India is no longer that cheap as the Pharma market still offers unique advantages to scaled businesses in Export markets and domestically, while current entrants are likely limited by the $500 mln market for each generic molecule,a similar cap for the domestic market too, based on a limit to branded volumes in each drug. The model would definitely be more Chinese if it happened but it could really expand the market opportunity both at home and in the US and Europe

How about new moves in the big retail pie, which despite its propensity for political disaster, is still available in at least 4 states. One reason, hitting continuing entrepreneurship as India stands on a big comeback, holding India back would be the virtual withdrawal of Foreign banks from India, assets now down to 7% of the banking system, esp the unlikelihood of a public markets led such revolution makes it imperative that the easy flow of foreign capital to India be capitalised on.

India Morning Report: Predictably rational in the face of regional panic

Coulda’ Woulda’ Arvind Mayaram FDI, Note extinguishing before 2005 (25%) and others

While Goldman Sachs may have repeatedly missed good calls for the search for a political establishment in India, India per se knows better, discounting global EM troubles with considerable ease even as the Rupee inched up to 63. India should also probably try and make a bottom for the markets around 6200 itself, correcting SGX Nifty in those regular moves every year as EM withdrawals again translate into a wonderful opportunity for the second half of the year and India leading the hopefuls in market performance with fund investors probably again going to China and other markets just for rueing the missed opportunity? However that may eventually turn out, the Rupee faces considerable pressure and the RBI policy , a non event as expected, would not definitely reduce the pressure on the Currency. The worst culprit would be the deficit ridden Yen, apparently stimulus itself having lost momentum after month 1 last year having never come back. The second month of a huge trading deficit would imply that BOJ’s encouraging monthly perusal of the Economy just encouraged bond investors into JGBs and they are going strong for now.

There are not really ready funds/positions that can be withdrawn in this rally in India that apparently not just broke stride but flattened all kinks in the new year. Seriously for those feeding the panic though, Ranbaxy? buy trades? honesty now..Similarily failing countries facing high risk of default only count Turkey, Ukraine and Argentina, Venezuela and before that Brazil and Russia having recently faded from trading memories , dataless on India without trading in its bonds counting to CDS data yet, Korea similarily trading a very liquid 70 bp

Sensex is safe at 20800 levels and the Nifty safer at 6100 levels but that is almost totally out of the ball park if and only if markets are actually waiting for Foreign investors to reward India immediately for behaving stoically, which hoefully will not be the case when we close the week on Friday. Global market commentary should see those countin gHousehold debt abd Card spending in sovereign leverage counts receding again in 2014 but Student Loa mounds remain avalable high peak panic buttons back in the US.

Meanwhile Indian cash equities should continue to see accumulation, we still continuing in IDFC, Yes, ICICI Bank and ITC, Bajaj Auto and Bharti. GMR and infracos continue to deleverage and the rising valuations may not be able to bail them out before they complete that deleveraging extending the government’s troubles in looking at Public Private options for financing infrastructure, ever falling behind. The fiscal is already expected to come at 5.4% and is likely to improve from there, that unfed hope being snuffed out in this move on the Rupee( as expected , Turkey and some other currencies have already followed double digit losses after the yen refused to go back below 105 ( to 110)

Tickker updates before 9:30 am include Glenmark not revising guidance (debt at $500mln) and launching Crofelemer and all of Goldman’s merrymen could muster in their five years of India sponsored India bashing was to shuck out one Opto circuits from te ile, having bought 26% stake in the same.

We regret Karl Slym’s death as reported in the Morning headlines. Stay away from F&O baniding of the index and the 6000/6100 puts are no where being fully priced to write/sell safely

Bank Policy Tuesday would likely show india flows an economic condition stabilising with a health Liquidity position and no threats to the CAD with WI likely to fall again post policy on ag gained from the Vegetable price drop in November

Glenmark’s up 4% on 10 am trades (featured EarningsTalk/cxotalk on ET Now)

India Morning Report: 6250 again, naturally! O-O O-O

Asian markets do tick down slightly probably because of no Commerce in the financial sector as US markets are closed.

Even without anything much happening locally, The Chinese GDP underperformance at 7.7% was unlikely to be the markets’ concern here our export markets in China safe and the 9.6% production improvement and signs of bullish trades in Copper and other metals. India’s 6% forecast is hopelessly over optimistic and thanks to the networks avoiding the entire China update the fact of FDI non interest is unlikely to bear on market sentiment, and today, and in all 2014, this is a good thing! WPI hit a sharp floor at 6.1% and may breach much lower lewels with core inflation already below 2% Core inflation was basically flat.

In the midst of results season, the positive surprise markets did not expect and despite attempts will continue to be marginalized, is Wipro’s back to back second quarter of gains of 27% on year on profits but F&O markets are trading that and the last weeks IT news pretty feverishly /robustly. However, this interest is mostly maintaining shadows of activity while the Bank stocks get reassessed yet again. The realization that Markets were going to hold 6250 was all too evident in the one way candle of Friday, the 6 hours of sloping down, accelerating wantonly almost after 1430 hrs to achieve 6250 marks

Interestingly, a well-developed hedge fun industry would certainly have seen a short strategy for IT esp on WIPRO from some entrepreneurial trader after this bout of strong results, esp with WIPRO tempting fate and unlikely to beat history ( like Morgan Stanley did, Friday night)

Bajaj Auto and IDFC are my longs this week and will probably score very high as new funds enter the market and get earmarked to the new universe of stocks added in the buy lists ( ET’s Volume breakout series is a helpful ready reckoner, but I doubt you’ll easily find those mix tapes /snips on the ET Now carousel. Go figure)

Actavis may be a strong boost for Aurobindo with almost $8 in earnings in the last four quarters. However Aurobindo is buying its European operations with a EV of $1 Bln apparently ( $320 mln in annual sales) and obviously an easy divestment for ACT and the news has seen a $14 or 8% jump in the week’s trading in the US. After hours trading added $2 on the news . The synergies come from the operations tie -up with the 200 strong pipeline at Actavis

Gold’s busy start in this year’s trades, enthuse Indians but they have traded less of the metal under clampdown driving prices down in 2013 and the story is likely to repeat from a higher watermark below 30,000 this week

Comm stocks lead the indices back after a quick crash mid week on ticker news. Isn’t Debt trading news looming from the Central Bank?  Meanwhile if IRFs had been actively traded the rates started the great slide from 8.8% levels and would probably close  a 100 bp lower in due course whence RBI will return to relaxing the 7.5% Reporate ( excluding the 7.75% last tick forced on by the new Governor) Floating Funds would have a few investors more and any survivors of regulations may have new FMPs to this sector, but will likely be late again. Meanwhile the 10 year can well trade below 8.5% this week.

Energy stocks looked good for this week as well, but it seems there is a new LPG subsidy likely on the ticker for them. Kotak and a host of mid-caps report tomorrow and Dabur and M&M(Fin) follow HDFC with Biocon also reporting on Wednesday.

Midcap indices will probably harness a lot of gains in the week, none of them ready for a harvest of Sell on news tomorrow or Wednesday Avoid the L&T trade tomorrow unless you are fairly clued in to a tepid results expectation in the market

Edelweiss also reports Friday but the crown in the jewel should be Glenmark, that has already up since last week from 500 levels

India Morning Report: The gradual Taper encourages a rally, India indescribable yet?

English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay.
English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India seems to be locking itself into a no man’s land as the nations punters join the global hordes celebrating the slow Taper on Bernanke’s going away announcements yesterday. ET Now in the meantime has continued with finding obscure (GRE: obfuscation..) commentators on key event dates. CNBC 18 wins again. The issue we are raising is at a different dimension(d-axis) than the assumed obstinacy to be different or that of even the fundamentals of a recovery being spelled differently this side of the Himalayas.

Meanwhile what is looking risky even as Asia applauds the thinking behind the taper, that India’s currency markets try the haywire trade still hoping for an aftermath in the Rupee as the Rupee opens to 62.30 levels. Equities will start the day at 6250 levels and while others posit a rannge of 6200-6350 , the day might yet spring a surprise or two before noon trades. Anyway equities are back above 6200 and GMR is back among large bidders even as they exit Istanbul. Also, NSEL promoters in J Shah and Financial Technologies have been duly censured and MCX would soon be owned buy another consortium of Indian Institutions. Taper could have been abslutely a non news in the Indian currency markets too and the open quotes are a sign that shallow trading costs a lot in adverse selection prmiums to the currency’s bid ask spread.

HDFC Bank’s application for  increasing FII limits to 49% pends with Axis Bank’s application for a relaxation in a similar ceiling and both will be leading bullish plays today.  Assuming that currency markets just wanted to explore the possibility of a significant negative impact of global liquidity being withdrawn , India’s preeminence as a investing destination in the new post crisis world stands. The $34 Bln in FCNR deposits aart, because the Infrastructure situation in the country is unlikely to improve from current vies of coalition governments even for the BJP, the risk remains that India investments will remain confined to a NDF market in currency , smalleer Indiab Bull boutiques with no presence otherwise and at best at 50% of the pace China specific and China sympathetic investments in South East Asia. Singapore and Korea too are not looking for more than a flagship investment or two to artner with India in ther growth run. However, none of that impacts the fundamentals of India Inc and the rally we have outlined since August is rel and given US and European Banks and institutions will increasingly be constrained in the coming months given other investment and Capital constraints, or the recalcitrant DIIs recognising any new levels, Real investors have to sustain this rally, neither retail nor from OECD institutions.

The Yen also got a boost from the Taper trade, while India and other trade partners have increased trade with China in the last few months over its traditional partners as both Industry growth charters in China including European imports and Resource exports from Australia and Brazil have been sidelined in the build up to lower trade surpluses and higher retail growth expanding not just Landrover but also our franchises from Cotton and Agri exports and a new market for Management and Consulting Services in China and South East Asia.

The Taper past ( it will last till September 2014) and India starting on a recovery path, markets have to recognise the Depth in India as speculators continue to keep coming back to old favorites that were not more than tangentially aligned to the new Global equations like the frog that sips back everytime he succeeds in taking a new step or two to get out of the well

11 AM Update: (I agree with SS on CNBC 18 again), One should just wait out the falling knives and start buying towards the close of day today after 1400 hrs instead of the rush to sell 6200 calls or especially Axis and ICICI Bank Calls which are well worth buying (ATM) 

Fixed Income markets contrary to expectations of the 8.75% yield on the Ten year bond losing again because of Fiscal impacts in the last quarter of the year, may in fact move back behind 8.5% lines as Spending cuts materialise to balance out the missing $$$ in Rvenues and Disinvestment charges ( which may still come out on top) However equity indices will depend on only inflows into the select basket of scrips including Bharti and ITC in FMCG and IDFC , ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and YES Bank, or other midcap selections outside earlier.  The Power NBFC trading range for example is a very wonderful opportunity for those willing to wait and watch on India.

Indian Pharma seems to be retaining market interest as $200 mm molecules have more than a dozen opportunities every year in a 2012-2016 period even after the first few Big patents have come and gone as more than 30 $ 5 bln patents expire. Teva’s first few generic applications being rejected upholding current patents in the USA may also not stop them from coming out on the winning side in revenues on the vast US market opportunity, while  Indian domestic business is still less than $10 Bln and probably can grow 5-6 times from here.

Banknifty has a bottom at 11200 so today’s snap southward may not hold after 1400 hours in closing trades before the last session of the week tomorrow. Gold swipes big losses in today’s trade as the Global liquidity shrinkage impacts runaway trades in Precious metals led by Gold and one assumes even Crude and Real Estate markets at least outside the USA. However, even limited trading volumes for importers, ne does not expect India investors allowing anyone here a win with significant short trades in the metal. International prices of Gold may well breach the $1000 per pound mark. They are currently trading at $1200 post taper announcements.

 

India Morning Report: HUL divines the uptrend, shift in stock weights

NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 - Klaus Schwab, Execu...
NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 – Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank; and President, Confederation of Indian Industry at the welcome lunch for the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( http://www.weforum.org )/Photo by Norbert Schiller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One part of the funding trade is of course another substitution from IT into post result scrips including private banks. Another reinforcing trend for the market is the return of interest to Mid Caps like Tata Global Beverages for the Coffee Auction expansion in their Global Supply chain effort and the Starbucks JV. More importantly however, HUL’s mid trend reinforcing of Ad spends by 24% has signaled more than return of its brands in that despite its lack of growth in soaps and detergents as in Personal Care by 16% nd in Food (9%) and Beverages (16%) , it seems to have forced the hat off ITC which has gone into a tailspin with investors likely to exit as the funding trade returns to HUL instead. Bharti is still strong however, and likely after HUL is not taken by a majority of brokers (from old times more than anything else)

 

ITC wll return to favor as an in trend consumer staples scrip as its Consumer Brands fared pretty well and they have already taken big ad spend jumps in a 2012 quarter instead. Also P&G despite its continuing domination of US markets has not ventured that strngly upon India as China walked away with most of the “Middle Class” Consumer equations leaving India’s non encouraging performance a fundamental back bone of most Global Consumer staples

 

Nifty is strong at 6150 as Monday morning sees uick exits from IT trades for another day with the bulls before the end of next week. Banknifty is finally catching on strong results and has crossed into 11000 so there is speculative interest there to take it to 12000 in a rush.

 

In Autos, CV Sales continue to scare investors and bankers, and it may hit NBFCs and Banks with Auto portfolios as well and Maruti’s recovery is pretty much incomplete with a return to barely 100,000 cars a month rate in the last two months. Justdial success was an eyeopener for sceptics but is likely a Jubilant/Talwalkars repeat in the trade being years’ ahead of the performance volumes not unlike the 2001 dotcom boom (and bust)

 

Interest returning to Metals and Energy would be a good sign for the market to retain higher volumes and move past 6400 levels for the longer term if a recovery oes come to substantiate higher EM flows that will definitely prop up Indian equities. Bonds are still twirling as yields still hope for no repo rate hikes by mid week . If there is a repo rate hike therefore yields will move further north and the Rupee in the offshore NDF market and in bank trading will lose some sheen even as other EMs catch up on the No Taper news, now becoming the new market basis for further Economic clairvoyance

 

Signing off, Essar Oil’s squeeze on GRMs to $6.98 could be in fact a positive sign for the Energy scrips as it means international prices of crude are weak and that other efficient producers(refiners) may still be able to score on their GRMs . India is not currently on Import Parity pricing but on Trade Parity ricing with 20% weightage on Exports and the Government may well ski the Ketan Parikh committee recommendations for this term.

 

ICICI Bank performance is instructively better, and Bank nifty would do well to exit all pessimistic trades shackling it for the last 2 odd months, also PSU Banks at the bottom like Union Bank esp are unlikely to return. Some among them have since jettisoned Bulk DEposits to break the negative attern in the product’s impact on the bottomline but unless REpo rates stop moving a higher cost of funds will be the norm for those in bulk deposits and LCR inspired wholesale funding only model shifts.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Markets consolidate to new 6350 range/top

Beijing subway
Beijing subway (Photo credit: doubleaf)

 

The IT correction of last week already got used into the 6200 mark as positive results keep positive momentum on global news for the Dollar backing off. As BGI (Blackrock) and Vanguard welcome back funds into Emerging markets US yields and Bond Funds may not get that much investor interest returning and markets like Korea and India should thus be beneficiaries in the ensuing inflows to ‘EMs’

 

Thus ‘uncomplexed’ the flow however is likely to still not be emboldened by the fears of an asset bubble in China as  further improvement of House prices by more than 15 and 16% in Beijing and Shanghai keeps China the easiest target for Hot money flows probably now getting more focus on to its fixed rate currency. Thus an unforeseen window for pressures n the currency though the currency-markets hedge is no longer holding and correlation between equities and currencies will be kept by the broader money flows of whatever magnitude

 

Metals are a good pick for Macquarie which is among the few doubling down on IT post results with the rupee at 61-62

 

YES Bank will likely bring back bigger and better position trades to the Banknifty which is right now sprawled between ‘PSU having been whacked too hard’ strategy and ‘Private banks being the only worth’ bidders who for some reason are getting shorted on ICICI Bank, the bank’s own dealers likely not to blame. ITC and ING Vysya will follow the lead of the banks as most select scrips in portfolios are not adding further positions otherwise except for further small window trades in the delta to the Top from here. Is more discussion on RWA arrangements in India possible because though instruments are merely traditional ones predominantly, Basel III treatment could possibly be more rigorous and Indian Banks are mostly getting a free ride except for the large move to NPAs which is limited to bad quality portfolios.  A Bank promoter for instance recently suggested he has only 3% Tier II Capital and 13-14% Tier I Capital which is true for this particular bank and showcases the thinking on Capital /Leverage in India and the potential for the banks to grow having come thus far in an untapped market and running at 3X the GDP in growth in lending if a little focus is maintained on bank governance

 

HDFC posted a perfect quarter except for the Bank dividend having already been distributed in the First quarter dipping the expected NII to a posted INR 18.14 Bln. The year on year growth is safe and sold loans constitute less than 10% of their outstanding book while still earning the bank 129 basis points. NIMs increase for the institution through the year and the first quarter’s 3.9% increased to 4.1% yesterday(as of September 2013)

 

The news of a fund crunch in Jet Airways or the CBI action thus far proceeding against KM Birla and other industrialists is likely to become the focus of the “Bad India, Dull India” news flow and may merit immediate policy action but overall market participants are well aware of the limitations of policy action from an outgoing government. FIPB was also postponed for day after tomorrow having approved INR 33 Bln worth almost a month ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Banknifty swings up like a monster trade, already semi-retired

RBI head office, Delhi
RBI head office, Delhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, I’d rather understand why the party for reduction in MSF and INR 17000 cr (INR 170 Bln)  of Borrowing added in 0.25% of the Deposits. The channel to the low repo rate of 7.50% is still 150 points after the cut and the 10 yr yields are not really expected to move south from 8.6% ‘except at the low rate of’ 50 basis points in the next three months it had already proffered before Rajan made the change.

Anyway, markets at least recognize or get their bank spokespersons/contacts to say banks are at ease again so the 5950 mark has come. already on the markets. The Upward potential is truly limited at this juncture, all the media noise budget (DAVP one mite bite) for showing activity in the Economy not making up for the spending cuts to stay in and the investments still a far way off.

However, markets per se are undervalued fundamentally with earnings positive thru the crisis except that they wait on such changes in fundamentals which are India’s bane for moving up while China gets a free look again just for having underperformed as it finds no legs in manufacturing worth reviving the Economy in goods production and of course the stat spin fails to take the big opportunity off the table

Rajan seemingly has made it clear he will be taking the Repo rate up again, and as the October meet approaches, markets will be equally quick to reach the bottom of the 5750 – 6000 range of the markets. the Repo rate at 7.50% already looks steep enough to me esp as trading markets stay idled to a high rate pre Taper.

I rather liked the Welfare flavor of August & September and wonder if it will come back again. At least its things we can do. The exchange rate is no good at 61.77, and hopefully its just waiting to go u to 60 levels as signs of others interested in the breakdown to 77-78 recede.

The inflation rate Formulatonomics of getting to that ratio as differential to ‘PPP’ are rather lost to most with a real India, Economics or Finance background though. You want PPP, you should go for a reference you can live with and that still counts as the Mac or the Pizza probably where we are definitely looking for a rate under 40 instead. Indian inflation would count as facts show as deadbeat deflation at 6% itself, as the Economy at 4% is almost a dead duck in the water ( in India references, it being the flat minimum of National activity)

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India Morning Report: Crude down, Gold trade dead, MSF cut a real boon?

Boon Lay Extension
Boon Lay Extension (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, I’d rather understand why the party for reduction in MSF and INR 170 Bln of Borrowing added in .25% of the Deposits. The channel to the low repo rate of 7.50% is still 150 points after the cut and the 10 yr yields are not really expected to move south from 8.6% ‘except at the low rate of’ 50 basis points in the next three months it had already proffered before Rajan made the change.

Anyway, markets at least recognize or get their bank spokespersons/contacts to say banks are at ease again so the 5950 mark has come. already on the markets. the Upward potential is truly limited at this juncture, all the media noise budget (DAVP one mite bite) for showing activity in the Economy not making up for the spending cuts to stay  in and the investments still a far way off.

Again, however, markets per se are undervalued excpt that they wait on such changes in fundamentals which are India’s bane for moving up while China gets a free look again just for having underperformed as it finds no legs in manufacturing worth reviving the Economy in goods production.

Cabbage Market
Cabbage Market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajan seemingly has made it clear he will be taking the Repo rate up again, and as the October meet approaches, markets will be equally quick to reach the bottom of the 5750 – 6000 range of the markets. the Reo rate at 7.50% already looks steep enough to me esp as trading markets stay idled to a high rate pre Taper.

I rather liked the Welfare flavor of August & September and wonder if it will come back again. At least its things we can do. The exchange rate is no good at 61.77, and hopefully its just waiting to go u to 60 levels as signs of others interested in the breakdown to 77-78 recede.

The inflation rate Formulatonomics of getting to that ratio as differential to  ‘PPP’ are rather lost to most with a real India, Economics or Finance background though.

You want PPP, you should go for a reference you can live with and that still counts as the Mac or the Pizza probably where we are definitely looking for a rate under 40 instead.

Indian inflation would count as facts show as deadbeat deflation at 6% itself, as the Economy at 4% is almost a dead duck in the water ( in India references, it being the flat minimum of National activity)

India Morning Report: Energy cos can rise despite Export parity?

Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Pu...
Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity-PPP), per capita, as a function of per capita Toes. Year 2004. Data available online at http://www.iea.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the numbers the Kirit Parikh committee is dealing with. Export parity is going to impact GRMs by $2.30 per barrel. However, other things being the same (KP) we agree with Quant broking that Oilcos are the major drivers apart from the metals in the new bull run as 5750 settles in after F&O unwinding (hopefully). Quant Broking also reminded us of the important fact which markets latched on to in 2005 and forgot in the melee on the Dollar and the depleting growth rates since.

BPCL has managed to keep a very low price to Book multiple I would add that it also has a better cost base though the numbers have to come from a research desk hour. In reserves according to Quant, BPCL scores upto $200 bln in reserves wich allow it to be a god enough for portfolios even as the rush is already on in IOC on the strong Dollar. BPCL is es superior in btter ROI diversification thru available capital and retail distribution not available to IOC

Coal and other weak Corp governance stories keep falling through on easy catches by incoming investors avoiding a bigger standoff not unlike the Vodafone GAAR standoff in the same President’s times. admittedly, India’s unsuitability has become a more understood variable globally. However we stick to the view that it is still a better non OECD destination than any other BRICS or other markets including China and the Turkey s or Russia and Brazil with obvious fiscal holes that cannot be equated to India’s intractable sub 4% minimum

Again one on the flip side finds the idea that Maruti and M&M can thus be sold on the idea of expanding rural markets laughable though HDFC Bank would be a good idea , eve within auto loans if not for its overall rural and small town breadth, even as PSUs continue with their traditional problems.

Real estate inventory levels are scary and the market (working) definition of real estate as a market whose asset prices cannot come down because of along other things costs and commitments already incurred, make asset bubbles a fertile ground for research even here despite a healthy domestic consumption share and lower incidence of flipping with potential for more salaried young upper class buying better homes than anywhere else except China’s metros.

The other is the big solution of the CAD which has suddenly hit the saffron wannabe ET ( probably because it hates FDI in media or being stuck with sick company notices like the rest of the Indian newspapers)

Though the inflow rush is obvious, the lowering of invisibles in the import bill, the imported services, may not be good for the Economy nor a reason to not know India and would take a lot of time to uncover in terms of components and future trends. The traded deficit contributing so well that the Credit Suisse forecasts or others of just $50 Bln deficit including the public planned target of $70 Bln are both scary in their matter-of-fact-ness as well. The coming rush of export growth in the period to March even as Advance tax receipts fall and SME portfolios at SBI hit large NPAs would only disclose more skeletons in India Inc’s cabinet even as one of the world’s deepest Financial markets seems to rely the least on Corporate product for its GDP

The Rupee however, has seemingly bottomed at these weak 62.80-63 levels an may well rise back to 60 when these performance improvements land on the commentary and analysis streams in just a few days after September data becomes available ( Right now Q1 data is being release for GDP and Trade on the consolidated quarter basis)

India Morning Report: Markets wait for fuzzy logic to come back as banks get ticked off

The Rupee has continued its climb but equities have taken a break even as Rupee survives end of the month selling for import payment obligations in a benign environment Oil heading below $103 (US Crude)

Bharti Airtel Lanka
Bharti Airtel Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FDI Dollars will likely boost debt markets soon, the positive sentiment from that and the promise of removing extraordinary liquidity measures letting the markets 5 basis points off the 10-year bond yield to 8.73% . BofA ML in the mean time agreed that there was no doing anything in India till 2014 came and went so the rally is at a loss still from  a disgruntled bull frustration at this rush for beyond 6000.

Goldman Sachs put India in the same basket as Turkey and Brazil, rather on the heels of the City beating Manchester United and showing Goldman Sachs burnt in putting too many eggs in this basket too. However, we go agree on the Fragile three from Goldman Sachs which will really get stricken not just because of dollar dependence but because of domestic alchemic leadership that continues to drive a fiscal big bang attempt in those two domains as well as someone like South Africa. The Fragile Five however esp India do not exist as those with deep domestic markets cannot be clubbed with Emerging Markets

India’s Dollar dependence is much a factor of the Oil price, so that can’t happen without Syria, Iran and israel. No, India cannot choose to come out of the growth plateau overnight by dissing inaction and is not  sign of weak politics, just more federal than the smaller EMs can afford. Our deep markets still offer much more than even China in most asset classes and Financial market reform is not a steeplechase to be run, or a small sprint but a consistent marathon. Neither is the consumer credit habit overdone in India or hitting the falling Domestic savings except that real income has ben stagnant even negative as non agri GDP data shows us in 2013 ( a 0ve 0.5% growh in since April this year, i.e. Q1)

Reforms did break India’s markets stride yesterday again, as the SEBI panel freeeing Govt Bond investments frm quantitative restrictions has to merely posit the same to RBI at this juncture. RBI in the meantime is busy bringing down growth era economics by C Rangarajan and others who took his place after he remitted office for higher advisory office. The edgy action on 0 percent loans and the continuing waterboarding by banks on using MSF and overnight liquidity instead of interbank markets have got RBI in a fi x of its own and that has definitely been scuttlebutt fodder for the equities.

Those following the soliloquy of Ashwini Gujral however may do well to note that I think neither Maruti is making it higher in this week nor traders or investors are going to wean off Bharti Airtel in this series. Volatility is on a thin leash as October still rushes to 50 point premiums over the current Nifty levels even as barely three days before expiry premium in the current series has been completely blunted off by the trading blades used to bigger prizes in an Indian rally constructed/deconsructed at will

Markets could well bottom out especially if action is indeed seen in the infra sector and more is not thrown banking’s way allowing the sector to recover last week’s trading levels. Inflows from the NRI binge for example have been waned to Deposits apart from the continuing rush on Dollar payments home to the tune of $1 Bln from just three publi banks. SBI in fact is looking at its first woman Chairman in a few months

ITC and YES Bank, along with AXIS on hedgie trader desks, remain in limelight with incoming investors and most wait for a resurgence in Financials to confirm India’s superiority as an Asian investment destination though China remains bigger an d better after another shocking half year of underperformance 5600 does look like a tradeabl market bottom for India, surviving these levels in such economic doldrums

 

India Morning Report: A technical correction to make space in the move

Nevertheless, whether the lost steam of the rally is recovered or if markets correct this series a little more steeply long enough to stem selling by Domestic institutions and some investors, profit taking would have been good for your business last week in both the Rupee and Indian equities (NSE Nifty 50, BSE 30 Sensex/BSE 100 or the MCX SX40). There has apparently been a natural disaster in Hang Seng Exchange ahead of the China data release today (Flash PMI) and next and the exchange is closed because of the Typhoon for two hours before the afternoon session. China’s manufacturing jump has gone up from last months record 50.8 to above 51 this month, but it is unlikely that Copper will indeed respond too positively if you are trading commodities. If it is equities, yes markets outside India incl OECD markets are likely to jump at the news , especially the European session ahead of Nifty’s late afternoon sessions. Doing well in China – Mining an Real Estate s something may well be wrong and come out so before next month but definitely trade data will be up as well for August. That optimism may change the course of the Indian markets mid day itself

 

OECD Countries Blue
OECD Countries Blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

SGX Nifty however leads the Indian investors correctly for a change ( a Feather in the cap of CME and Nifty teams) and the markets will definitely dip below 6000 before deciding whether banks are strong enough or the rebound before the repo rate increase was justified. A Repo rate to 7.5% upset the rally completely? Surely we are better than that. Banks not being given that vote of confidence could indeed decde the quantum of the down move(two thirds of the reason), as also to the other one third of the reason would be any volatility in he Rupee correcting from 62 levels down instead of continuing the up move to 60 levels. A good sign is if banks get new OI encouraged by build up in Put volumes sold at now definitely amongst the lowest levels for the Banknifty, so the Edelweiss analyss recommendations on ET Now could be right on the money

 

Infy has responded well to the Rupee appreciation, avoiding a reaction still correcting to below 3000 levels, but the HCL trade continues to put the wrong risk takers in the lead as even consolidation of the company with HCL Info is only a face saving device for the hardware business and not value accretion expected in the merger

 

The troubles of Ranbaxy keep the scrip in the spotlight and fortunately it never put the Indian Pharma sector under the wrong spotlight despite their brazen actions and the continuing cascade of FDA actions plant by plant at other suppliers as well fueling the anti-India anti-Quality prejudice traditional in OECD investors

 

Urban India also probaby thinks NaMo’s commmunal licences can be similarily ignored as a quirk and the resultant fractured mandate is not just India’s biggest fallibility bu also sign of the inadequate proficiency of Political Sciences in a land otherwise profuse with globally renowned academics and probably the situation in these arts and sciences is more deficient than the lack of educators in IITs and IIMs

 

The Nifty however may not leave the range of 5950 to a new number on the upside, which is still likely and which may see FNO action by midweek

 

 

India Morning Report: Rajan appoints committees for everything, Rupee to discover under 66 levels at open?

The change in Monetary and Fiscal policy stance is fairly well obscured by the need for consensus but with Overseas Direct Investments retained at 400% of Net Worth and removal of hedging restrictions by allowing rebooking for both Exporters (50%) and Importers (25%) or Dollar Swaps at 100bp better rates with the Central Bank for FCNR deposits till November in existing schemes could just be a sign of old policy pieces being consigned to vestigial life, though such reform reaams have come and passed India Inc by for almost millenia, and at last 67 years f independent India. However, these limit relaxations typically let th Rupee sales accelerate into a new orbit usually and that is definitely unlikely

as predicated last week, S&P, Moody’s have been watching these developments only as a fallout of their prognostications of India’s twin deficit weakness and are much reiterating their last assessment when S&P had recommended a negative outlook based on a 1 in 3 chance of downgrade which USA had barely avoided. the Ratings firms are likely to be under pressure to change their ways and the step difference between Asia, Europe and probably from office to office of the agencies which reflects a woefully inaccurate picture in ratings , that are still catching up with munis and structured products n US and Europe and illiquid CDS in Europe and Asia

IMF Economic Counselor and Research Department...
IMF Economic Counselor and Research Department Director Raghuram Rajan briefs the press on the World Economic Outlook on April 13, 2005 at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters (IMF), Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Land and Food Bills have passed both houses seemingly without riposte and the Pension and Insurance Bills are next. However, back on Rajan’s first day, some other welcome proposals include allowing NBFC Prepaid cards for payments, starting national Gyro payment services (Nachiket Mor -Inclusion)and Rajan himself sitting on the committee to decide stringer  norms for NPAs and concerns on restructuring yielding more NPAs than normal accounts. Banks will be investing lesser in Gilts and SLR rates going down could be still a long drawn process while Branching being freed may be some incentive for Foreign banks also to execute subsidiaries. Most of these proposals will be overseen by various Deputy Directors an ex Governor Jalan will head the committee on  new licenses due soon after Jan 2014 when Anand Sinha leaves.

Markets otherwise keep responding to new signs from metals after a record comeback month in July/August and the banks will show their hands on the policy through their price movements the remaining two days of the week. Liquidity restrictions are still on and India is fighting the worst currency crisis of the last six generations

Indices again moved the entire range crossing 2% from 5340 to 5450 levels by the close and Wall Street enjoyed one of its best jumps overnight n Auto sales data. European PMI cements the days of crises as past though growth is yet patchy and China is the pod the global investors still look to, despite their repeated equity failures in the market

 

India Morning Report: Sun Pharma finally breaks stride (ha! Stride Arcolabs wins)

Sun Pharma is snared into the last leg of mega short trades with Axis Bank an easy six pick this week and next. ICICI Bank has stabilised at 870 and after the Consumer stocks (a couple of hours before Pharma) the Pharma crowd gives up its measures of price vaulted in the continuing over-ownership by 2 or 3 ‘undeserved’ bubble notches by FIIs as they certify to their limited export potential and would be pruned as well. Chennai express could find some financial implications is probably what you would think as we continue to provide a 1005 demystified almost paperless review of the trends both in fundamentals and technicals. However, as far a s we are concerned this is just how the cow will be seen by the robot and we will continue this one off everyday before or after we turn to our day’s work probably in the same business with other banks and academia.

REC (and other infra (Power) NBFCs ) has ticked closer to its 13 levels that should also hold. You can probably safely short that one still from 150(wednesday morning) to 133 levels. 2009 they had established new coasting at these levels for the market and thus they could retain their primacy in leading the market trend horizontally or North deciding the times in between till the next rally

LNG/LPG companies again remain hot commodities with Gas prices signed up to move up by 100-150% by 2015 and following them energy companies, the OMCs could well settle down if WTI balances out new price pressures from OPEC as it increases export volumes

Banks would have no difficulty increasing spreads but may be hidden gems before the broader Economy realises that but nothing to beat bank stocks on a fundamental basis at this point. Outsourcing stocks start the unstemming bleeding today as they are also not contributing to the CAD deficit reduction as the first few investors had ensured in the 2004-2009 phase of its heady growth.

We dealmakers have also noted with interest that despite the hoopla around IPL

This diagram illustrates the Private Equity J-...
This diagram illustrates the Private Equity J-curve in which net cash outlays in early years are outstripped by cash inflows in the later years (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dying down more corporate owned sports businesses are in the fray than ever before and may attempt India’s unique public financing iPO model even as Private Equity adjusts to the new view of the Economy, once again showing its inflexibility and habituated method of creating big, wide potholes with transplanted models and outlooks that have again failed in e Commerce and any remaining brick and mortar models. Private equity may however, finally be able to make the transformation and invest in local analysts not just for salary expenses but for more akin modeling of the unique parameters. It is a long uphill struggle

Not many private banks were timed to and tuned into HTM portfolios despite the threats to rupee and thus ill be blamed for the losses that happen on their investment folios this quarter. China’s increasing trade surplus similarly does not match its eigenvalues of resuscitating domestic consumption for those waiting for the first early signs from the same since 2008 ut consumer demand there seems more robust than India esp for engendering larger investments

I was also hoping Hero Moto would return to more realistic levels as any motivation for it to be the star of india should be also seen as continuing over-ownership by 2 or 3 ‘undeserved’ bubble notches . Hero tracing below 1700 could very well be the last of the vertical shorts in this market when that move is played out hopefully over next week itself

India Morning Report: Tentative market ready to reward India’s uniqueness to new 6150 channels

English: Hero Honda Karizma R
English: Hero Honda Karizma R (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is already stripped of all technical jargon and robust or otherwise complex mathematical approximates of financial Markets. It means the Indian markets would likely not go ( barely go ) below 6000 in the coming days even as bearishness engulfs sentiment because at its worst India would still be worth 4% growth, now a bottom subscribed by long term Economists for big bad China who has been dragging everyone down. Given that many were already invested in the big China story, China however will continue to see outflows and India will continue to see small but measurable inflows in the coming months before anyone gives serious thought to a turnaround.

Banking hawks and traders watch out because despite breaching some phantom 10000 levels used by the market, Banks hadly have any reason or substitute to lose more value esp the shorts on ICICI to 930 or on Banknifty to 10200 seem out of sentiment for the movement from here till 6100. The trigger being assumed is that of disharmonius traders not getting a return for being in India since May. But then the Rupee move is yet under cooked as Gold has joined the oil price rally and the dollar seems to have started a big upward climb at the start of the week, after recording against the Aussie at 92 cents, Kiwi dollar at 79 cents and the Yen losing its desired undervaluation at 99.95

HDFC Bank results for example will see, despite the reduction of float, interest returning after punters realise the limitations of a midget trade in the banking sector with Indusind which as of now does not qualify in Mid cap sectors much. But then Axis bank’s result punt has to unwind and that gets quite complex in selection of stocks supporting the downslide within banks and the now nefariously wide distribution of non banks used a s substitute even as Hind Unilever gets ready to bow out of the markets

Also, i agree reliance hardly had anything to redeem itself in superior Q1 results on the weekend and Capital goods and energy, rising in an uncertain market would act as some of the substitutes without much recourse to fundamentals in their sectors,t the technical eigenvalues avoiding banks as long as positive push does not meet extra ordinary resistance in the BhEL, L&T and the ONGCs Bajaj Aut continues to beat Hero Honda and a pair trade is increasingly safe still Hero Honda the sold vector in the pair

India Morning Report: GDP forecasts look for their pound of flesh, india inc reports (This week in Asia on The Banking and Strategy Initiative: advantages.us)

The old RBI Building in Mumbai
The old RBI Building in Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Reserve Bank of India pulled up the bank lending rates for its MSF (the emergency lending by RBI at the top of the rate channel prescribed) from 8.25% to 10.25% yesterday and networks are agog with the presumptive lockdown on India’s money markets esp inter bank liquidity finally pushing the short end of the term structure up a couple of hoops to 8.15% at the open as visible in one year forwards.

In sum, though equities will keep a small range around a ower bound 5900 and above, strangles are already priced near 0 at 138 for the short 5900 puts, 6000 calls showing trades to be unremunerative for this week and the profit making probaility of this depleted range is tenuous both fro m the tightness of the range and the inherent balance engineered in the markets giving way to any bull/bear at the slightest pretext

RBA had earlier shown in its minutes released that they considered the rate cuts to be done with, triggering a conventional run on the Dollar in that currency bringing it up by 1% . The Rupee has opened 1.5% stronger in morning trades but as pressure from Economist desks builds up to a crescendo and GDP forecasts are cut 75-100bps at Morgan Stanley among others to near 5% for 2014, we are witnessing a characteristic one time correction as policy locks in to the only possible market view while hoping for a trade led recovery down the line and acts on the limited dollar trade that continues to cause disruptions in our Economic cycle especially related to our dependence on imported fuels

Traders would hardly have been in place for the correction on Thursday and Friday as the markets are still positively rewarding good results which when they com are as big as over 20% sales and bottomline growth on a regular basis. However , the downward move also lacks momentum and like the rupee in the other direction, equities will only trade up the rest of the day after opening 100 points down on the Nifty. Some longer term shorts may stay in as characteristic hedges performed over the weekend and Monday when indices opened down today in differential performance terms to trading positions and long investment portfolios. ETF outflows from Emerging markets were just under $10 Bln in June with $6 Bln exiting the iShares MSCI EM fund but that is still 1 in 10 of the funds and funds will continue to be sticky in India where the growth paradigm is still relatively safe on th ground despite the consumption led industrial production going negative marking the toughest bottom for Indian prospects. Manufacturing makes less than 20% of India’s GDP but is on par with Exports and Global trade lacking growth claws would unhinge the one sided growth story that has always precluded a deeper range of opinions on India from global commentators instead shined by China.

India’s equity markets being deep makes it impossible for hot money to follow on this morning’s run and even as the spike in Fixed income markets unhinges bank business models the problems will likely be fied with a continuing positive bias before the end of the week unlike such runs in other Asian markets like indonesia, Korea or Thailand However a bottom in bank stocks is yet not known or targeted and ther emay be no directional trades in the interest sensitive sectors in India

 

India Morning Report: Chidambaram kicks off mmtc 9.33% divestment

Banking District
Banking District (Photo credit: bsterling)

MMTC might be a success but the market is not putting much score by the Fin Min /CEA appearance in the media today while Banks have finally given way after a 45 day wait. One notes the posit by market makers that value retention by the select scrips already counted as good is not doing much for wider portfolios as most had treated this climb as the milestone before the rally and not the rally itself and does no in any way would have resulted in  a bubble.

Also the Rupee being stronger yesterday, the overall month long move across currency and equities seems to be trying to compensate the news view that India has survived the move in Asia as was the norm in the oughts or the reform rich period before that and has somehow become a threshold for Emerging markets portfolios as and when dictated by the once a year or fewer occasions of a rupee correction and is unlikely to again preclude the fact or erase the sustenance shown by Indian equities as a class because of the depth of our markets even as Nikkei, Hangseng and Korean markets lose heavily on each currency move because of the less than dozen companies going around for Korea at least and the richness of fixed income portfolios one can safely assume in the bigger markets in Nikkei and Hongkong

The Stanchart reference to inflation risk however remains misplaced as Oil prices are still very unlikely to trend up again

However, staying on the mundane market data for the daily report, Indian equities are losing all expectations of political stability and any positive rally till september as the year’s second half will offer first hope of growth or economic performanceThe import limitation on Gold in the meantime does not impact MMTC plans in Gold and thus strengthens the public channels for Gold trade in India ahead of its disinvestment exercise

Meanwhile FDI flows in China, India and Brazil have been more robust than any other class for all global investors even as Russia scraped the bottom of the barrel bringing the BRIC average growth below 0 for the year. Markets in Asia will continue to lead exits but as the speculative portion from India has been wished away almost immediately, not much move south in bonds or in equities remains and as can be seen in any current charts, Indian yields are down in the same 5 week period and will continue to trend down for the year. Banks, ITC and IDFC remain good investments as also Bajaj Auto, all mentioned except ITC having lost their share of speculative investors / price premiums already.

Shorts on Adani Enterprises are well placed while Gujral again has mentioned buys on Lupin and Cipla / Lupin are real return stories of 2013 from here as Sun Pharma finally pays out 805 of its cash for the settlement with Pfizer/Takeda

India Morning Report: HDFC Bank gives way, KG D6 ‘honestly’ increasing output

Of course the news of the week, last week preceding today’s AGM was the burly new gas find in MJ1. Actually predominantly for Oil, the MJ1 also falls in a gas rich area but details apparently have not filtered from the ongoing AGM and will probably be easier available to ‘non-digitised’ social networks  which remain the most important achievement for Reliance and partake of their retail investor community of yore. Reliance will be forcing a turnaround in KG D6 output levels too after a long wait.

With india’s digitized data communities and even the lack of analysis communities a virtual impossibility, online social networks in India remain dominated by shopping cart brands and facebook and twitter remain ineffective for real business conversations despite teh affectatons as a large global user of social media.

Importantly to those of us who missed Idea to stay on the run to bank nifty, it is the right time to invest in banks es as network analysts and “chhutbhaiyas” in the markets continue to try to scale up the tiredness of the bull move earlier as always falsely seen to be led by HDFC Bank and HDFC for a few.

The FDI panel has made its recommendations and as with all things UPA, hose that have swtched to the bear side are still on the other edge because of such policy pronouncements that are so comprehensive one has to wonder if this government will ever go beyond cabinet Oks and then continue to miss the parliament or ordinance, an uncomfortable fact they seemed to have used home with earlier such comprehensive proposals  already proved to be not worthy, excet for the putting of thought on paper and certainly not an implementation blueprint giving the holey book of India to the dubbas of the opposition  NaMo and namesake Amit and one hears Adani as ‘implementation power’ of rural India.

Update: As Oil tracks evening session vales on the MCX in toay’s morning session it seems to have reach an optimal level for a big optimal short and if one is willing the 5400 contract can be kept rolling to a target of 4500 but in more than three months from here.

However such new eigenvalues and initial states apart, one still does not see any need to push forward recovery or for FIIs to exit India again as the bare minimum in play now is big ticket enough to get international media coverage of the coming big ticket recovery and of course the elections as well. Stay long on private banks like YES and select PSUs like PNB, don’t short the Banknifty and dont expect any pre election rallies either bear or bull for now.

Sell Side brokerage research however is increasingly reaching their ‘trend flatulence’ in the hype cycle esp detailed notes from Macquarie progressing retail credit growth at ICICI bank and their use should get limited too, till more coherent thought can lead the selling of India recovery to foreign players in the next wave aa normal di in the usage cycle of new products, in India’s case still true for research. Rerating at brokerages and new players like Deutsche, despite a good global dbAccess conference (in its most obscure markets, USA). Stanchart had a good media ‘week’ just less than a fortnight back and the HSBC seems to have slipped with lack of HQ and trading room attention on India.

Deutsche and even MS despite a good back handed effort from Riddham Desai for ‘India according to Morgan Stanley’ last week sticking to its 6% FY14 stream of thinking and detailing it rather at the last minute but still making it a comprehensive view. You prbably cn already guess about my opinion of other such commentary by the BNP Paribas wealth, trying to skeet the losers of yesteryears as Defense scrips converting to trend leaders, another “strategy push” which failed to interest the bulls or the new money to INDIA

Things look dustier in fact in Turkey because of the revolution and in Taiwan / Vietnam as China gets ready probably for exporting jobs to Asian locations and importing a lot of foodstuff in more wholesale ranges from American pork(M&A) to wheat rice and more.

Though in a more copious mode under the China series’ we would have covered details but right now i seem to be on shaky ground wrt revenue/study opportunities and writing has to be restricted to these daily / weekly updates i hope readers and followers do not take for another occasion to stop reading and writing. Aussie is going to be the other big ticket investment soon and Korea is not far behind so India still does not get rerated up in global indices, but one can see the noise of rerating up is real except at S&P which is better off completing a going global transaction of CrISIL it is stuck with as its arm in India

India Morning Report : (Friday, Pre Closing Update) All round recovery from global mini crash on Thursday

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Asia in general recovered smartly after Amari’s comments were seen as blown out of proportion and BOJ followed up with huge injections of bond selling. Of course, India markets reacted similarily but are sure to go their own way from next week as the common thread from continuing global liquidity is bolstered by the local growth stories, continuing FII interest in India and a heady  IPO market led by resurgent demand including cross regional deal interest out of Hongkong, Qatar and Singapore.

Still on the yen machinations, China’s plans to go global to keep manufacturing competitive and flagging imports also add to Japanese and Korean discomfort, making local QEs a last build option that will grow in size for the late starters despite protestations yesterday of a synchronisation with G3 interests and/or the disaffection shown by the BOJ governor Haruhiko Karuda , leaving BoJ in early 2014.

The Yen at 101.7 again , the rupee may slide to further lows on a trot next week as the adjustment trade to make exports competitive is out of sequence of the improving fundamentals and the weakness of the US Dollar, an event unlikely stopped by this week’s global inverse trade days of Tuesday and Thursday . Amid the differences, one could see trends in currency markets continue to elude India inc but definitely RBI plans to grow an international role for rupee and continuing interest in rupee positions from emerging market bank trading desks incl hsbc and stanchart are not just paper scapes as india grows it trade pie in global trade.

However apart from equities and now a little bit of debt, India needs to open to more global currency products for a sustainable self reliant trade to emerge in chosen currency pairs to exclude the recurrent window ofdeep depreciation adjustments of the rupee especially as it is engendered by payment pressures alone and not borne by the strength of domestic consumption and growth as can be seen inthe people’s frepublic off that side of the Himalayas. Jet Airways and spicejet also report tonight though Jet traders are convinced of headwinds facing the airline’s deal with etihad

Results season is busy yet as a flurry of sells/hold ratings on SBI because of the continuing slide in Net NPAs ( now 2.1% from 1.8%) are still misplaced after yesterday’s 7% slide failed to take into account the bank’s growth in credit at more than 20% on a INR 10 trillion book even as the pressure to exit the restructuring habit of marginal corporates and the over dependence on SME accounts is still under process. NIMs have pegged lower on year because of pension liabilities but quarter/quarter decrease is still evident because of deposit costs

Full year consolidated profits at INR 180 Bln are not a trifle and help the bank establish itself in an important quasi policy role much like the dysfunctional governments we withstand as a non functioning opposition continues to get closer to leadership in parliament because of its non attendance of parliament, a sure sign that the upward climb of fundamentals in India is feverishly capped despite growing roots of literacy and a much more aware bueaucracy than is available to our neighbours

 

India Morning Report: Just Dial IPO great hai ji, Rupee feeling quiggly

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Image used to convey the idea of currency conversion (originally from en.wikipedia). The signs are (clockwise from top-left): dollar, euro, pound, shekel, đồng, yen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets opened to the new week’s excited chatter for a change this morning after a few weeks but the better IPO prospects and improved FII flows already more than $2. B this week could not excite the Rupee and it again opened at its lowest for the week above 55 as Forex broke on last months Gold data and apparently has become the exit for bears that know they are unwanted, trying to break the cosy relationship between currency and equities in Asia and dragging down equities towards the afternoon. Rupee, with my apologies to the surfeit of economists at the top Mr Prime Minister, is just reacting to India’s weak international diplomacy.

We should have probably given you a heads up in the morning, but revenue and subscriber prospects fail to excite indian angels into backing such ventures as ours, bent on writing and interest in firings at ecommerce carts or exits from PE investments of the last cycle not enouraging towards commercially viable prospects for analysts, writers and discretionary advisers. IPO sizes are getting comfortable around the INR 1000 crore and above mark and went thru with out a hitch despite a surfeit of promoter buy backs and appetite for indian debt has also increased manifold in the last two years

Bullish straddles/strangles are cheaper and you should not fund with calls unless beyond the 6400 mark. China premier Le Keqiang’s visit to the Capital could have been much more fruitful if the premier had tried to get more pulic awareness around it, India of course happy to have exited US defence exercises to get status quo in play at Ladakh ahead of the visit. No that China is looking to allow India banks or exporters further as it continues to keep a chinese only list for government tenders and machinery ( esp green power) bids

Those who thought Indus ind would catch again would have retreated after these two weeks and especially because apart from the positive wall offered by YES, it is also a better choice portfolio for pickers across infracos esp those looking at idfc, itc, jpassoc and gmr where buying would be perfect value plays esp if any DIIs had been carry cash for the redemptions and the volatiity turn awaiting

No, the Rupee is not going back to 52-53 levels immediately though S&P’s reservations have not been of interest to any FIIs and we would like to err on the side of caution ourselves with the CAD at ever higher levels though as the CEA mentioned the reduction in CAD faster than the reduction in Fiscal should help drive growth come 2014 And yes, Lets not forget our natural advantages as a consumption and trading economy at the bottom of the commodities cycle unlike the competition

India Morning Report: Really, the failure of the food bill?

The Food Bill’s failure to carry the day for the shortest parliament year in history might bring out more ‘under the covers’ Welfare Economists like me and many ladies from colleges, schools and workplaces I have been. One odd part of the Food Bill argument post facto on NDTV was the reticence of known commentator Gurcharan Singh to link the idea of policy failures to grain lying waste in FCI and other storage nationally.  A seeming recurrence of other such arguments, the anchor was right in still feeling bothered by this denial ad these simple supply chain fractures cannot be allowed to be neglected for purely political fault lines that have long proven to be futile for the future of India, whether it is love for coalitions, BJP as alternative or change of form of government and Third and Fourth fronts of obscure policy which again succeeded for a welfare objective nosed in corruption

Importantly for the morning though, those who lost the pair trade were a little less inconvenienced by the banks trading higher as everyone agrees the private performers must, the sharp cuts in pre-open foretold of a failed section of the markets still looking to make a bear grip run for a few live hours to disturb the almost confirmed trade, a likely genesis of the recent spurt in flash crashes globally and rather unfortunate. 

Banknifty puts should pay out well at the end of the month and one should not get too greedy in raising put strikes too fast, so it is the right time to pick up a few short straddles / strangles for keep around 6100 skewed by the multiple for the short puts ( your leg long on the market)  and if you fund it further with short calls as hedges you should choose those beyond 6400, i would be vary of being stuck with a 6300 call short right now.

When markets successfully consolidate, the volatility gap to any target peak leaves them considerable room for quicker faster rewards till they even reach for a asset bubble and then extend the wrong way down) equity investors’ profit taking in the first 5 months including December’s latter two weeks of global holiday has been muted despite funds portraying it as a short sign almost for managers’ hands waiting for fresh infusions and the second half of the year will build the next local inflows that gross up into the buying frenzy to be as LIC and even other insurance funds come for their share of bargain buying made possible at these levels by some really perfect design (dessicated and elongated into another 5 years since 2008).

Some of our renowned Economic authors either due to their own perverse aforethought (being an MBA makes me also feel ‘collicky’ / syrupy or about having believed in the author in question in his earlier corporate life) or a habitual coasting to prefabricated DNA of the argument or policy made me begin this simple daily report for Thursday. The show on NDTV was anchored by Sonia Singh and though the author in question is perhaps a greater practitioner than William Bissell (Fab India )

Gurcharan Das’ tomes of the last few years  have recently stopped being MBA strategy and become Economic thought stirring India visions. However, though I would not be commenting on his writings and have not implied any in the previous sentences, the show caught him on the wrong foot and despite being of the same/similar genealogy, and having held him in great esteem for his experience, I felt stunted for listening to this argument.

The not usually required introduction herein also probably underscores that I am not ready to be a raving rant in my Morning Report. Also I found it in his voice that he had failed when he let loose an uncharacteristic rant on the Congress Government. Man’s ideals are sure misplaced engines of convenience.

Also, it is naive to assume one can keep shouting about free market ideals as response to realpolitik especially given the engagement offered by media today.

India Morning Report: Bring it on, said the citizens to the grizzled

The palaver of a broken market ready to tip off uncertain highs is catching strength this time but the bulls still have it having technically exchanged stock weights skilfully as new funds were available everyday. of course none of it makes sense if no one believes in the recovery. All liquidity infusions are a case in point, belief driving the US engine out of the morass again and again

However the Banknifty breakout confirms the bull run beyond 6100. We need to understand that PNB results yesterday with Net NPAs quite creditable at 2.37% for such a behemoth. The most glaring misunderstanding of the Indian market still comes from Bharath Iyer’s team at JP Morgan and others at Bank of America and Credit Suisse desks as they maintain SELL/underweight on this behemoth which though PSU has still managed to weather the big NPA electric storms and is now helping Industry ski with abandon. Unwittingly, CLSA loosely modeled on the same state friendly structure in France, had a desk here rooting for PNB after results yesterday as the only one upgrading PNB but PNB underlines what it promised last quarter that it will definitely show up with green shoots on its assets this quarter aiding the expected India Inc led recoevry. also notably missing the point is those missing the come back equating PNB rising as the same as PSUs rising previously, more than a decade ago an epithet accorded to SBI. The correction in bogey PSU banks unable to come back is due and should exclude the UBI, the Canaras and the Syndicate banks even OBC and perhaps Federal and SIB on the private sector have not done enough inorganically to merit positive attention when wwannabe banks are available

Production data today could be led by another jump in Consumer durables and a not so wild cut in mining as we get into the trenches for a q2 GDP rush on the global markets . Korea still struggles with the weak yen induced failures as Korea and Australia sign on rate cuts and Korea adds liquidity to get jobs back in another novel rendition of mint printed liquidity

Australia ofcourse is in a double bind with imported inflation and no regional relations except for its customers in mainland China who don’t care much for the goods right now. Good shorts on the India markets come from understanding markets at 6400 and that underwrites that these last 300 points top off the nifty’s run for right now. Again, if the market remains slow and mostly steady from here, we have not heard the last from the bulls and it is definitely not a weakness as now markets are stable at higher volatility levels showing inherent confidence in the recovery.

 

India Morning Report: markets tinker with 6000, shorts fail again

Shardul kulkarni, despite his hanging on to the short trade on the indices since 5800 for the 5600 mark or thereabouts is a pretty chastised man as he leads the discussions of the index topping off at any time and falling south. if you subscribe to his school and few still do including DIIs, you would expect larger profits in the aftermath of a continuing move north, giving these positions extra incentive to come in given Nifty volatility is just south of 16. However, the depth of the market and i do not track the Historical volatility measure to track the ranges otherwise , the IDV measure could again give 25% upside from that.

The Ascent of Money
The Ascent of Money (Photo credit: Earthworm)

The caveat being the monthly series are still not good for the volatility trades and this move cannot be captured with May series transaction costs and premia making it more probable that options will lose the extra profit opportunities across voltility(vega) and the prices (delta) itself and thus the long trades have to be played in Cash equities or futures rollovers till LEAPs also make an entry for the large pool of wholesale trading money that rules the Indian markets going forward.

But then trading in Autos for this limited period is strictly a choice for the liquidity or requirement for trading income you might see as it does not befall the fundmentals of the sector despite India Inc’s impending bounceback and if you are already not long 2013 for these few scrips in the sector you might have to rule out 2013 for any opportunities later.

Today’s newspaprs carry the concise summary of results season, showing the outperformance on profit growth of nearly 20% with raw material costs down almost 5% and Sales continuing to grow only in retail/consumer and banks but many select stocks have broken through the 20% topline and 30% bottomline barrier thru a mix of cost and sales efficiencies even as in the FY14 periods the downfall of PSU bank sales continues unabated and a limited impact of the resulting credit slowdown might still show on private bank top lines esp in retail as banks fail to reduce credit costs having no option but to continue to raise cost of retail deposits, continuing with a unified ;term structure’ for retail and corporate / wholesale customers

Indian markets have to respond positively as rare cash chases India after a long hiatus and is sticky for lack of the promised revival opportunity in China and Europe. High yield debt meanwhile also presents a global investment opportunity at this time with yields just 6% may actually be supported by the US fixed income markets chasing higher yields and creating a move up all across the term structure  to revive the interest rates starting with the 10 year and smaller yields

 

India Morning Report: Bharti Airtel improves India offtakes, pecking order unlikely to change for markets

Bharti Airtel Lanka
Bharti Airtel Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The improvement in EBITDA to 31.7% obviates the other stream of bad profits from Bharti and one can wait for the stock to become available under 280 but the reassuring move from 275-330 is well safe as the dust settles down on another quarter on sharp cuts in reported profit again likely affected by one time items surging thru the global major’s rupee balance sheet every other quarter. Within, Telecom Bharti remains #1 in new customer acquisition data for March as well close to 3 million new connections in mobility and revenue increases seem defined upticks than Tata and rel Comm’s occassional blips into civilisation before going back. ARPU is no longer an orphaned series at INR 195 per month. The earlier quarter ARPU was at 193 and probably year ago as low as INR 188

 

Bharti’s INR 60 B Africa revenues too count for a major incursion into India’s new favorite FDI market since 2008, gaining FDI volumes close to China’s push FDI in the dark continent. One has however capped that $15 B investment as resource sectors apart , tales of stability and consumption in Congo and Somalia are more the exception than the rule

 

Brand India in the meantime relies again on infraco fund infusion but as election years go, this one may still be counted as one of the more peaceful with rare positive excursions by FIIs and outside India analysts into the country even when news from ECB and Fed remains critical to the direction and size of funds flows in the markets

 

Banks have been subdued for the Bankex and the Banknifty trading lower from all time highs in ait for an opportunity but some components of the bank sector indices are still likely to head south and negate the just aborted psu rally on their own steam as the difference within the PSU herd also shines and the threat of new competition makes the private sector bans stampede the rural consumption markets faster and grow back the consumption story still going strong in unbridled double digit CPI series for both rural and urban. IIP services data follows on Friday and as it would compare across US, Europe and China, it may well define strength for India inc.

 

Manufacturing R&D as a business segment has reached $10 B in India from more than 200 captive units of global majors, while pharma outsourcing is likely to regain captive strength as wwelll in light of the affordability linked rulings in Indian courts. China meanwhile is a real physical threat knocking us on the borders in its own inimitable ‘sleight of hand’ show on Ladakh and Arunachal borders showing up the importance of increasing defence allocations and arms spending while the Freight corridors and even the NMP supercities of Dholera seem to be threatened by the lack of movement on Land reform bills and external funding

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Breakdown trades in progress, don’t get fooled again

An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad
An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5500 is not holding. It may be FIIs affected by Infosys, it may be that those who rerated Infosys already have looked not so hot on India inc despite replacements like ITC and Bharti that signify winning consumer propositions on a near global scale while brokerages still chasing the tech dream led by Morgan Stanley with an EPS target of 185 for Infosys in FY14 are bound to be bad examples for traders and investors not stopping the exit of the weak. JPMorgan and Credit Suisse have rerated Infy at long last to 2700 and 2450 and the stock may well provide buying opportunities at 1950 again thus ensuring a good index momentum to the downside

The other reasons for worrying about India Inc showed us that only a rerating of positive expectations will continue to happen in the post crisis world and India market returns and economic performance remain exemplars in the new investing heirarchy while China’s struggles continue to define Asia/India. Nominal GDP and GDP at Factor Cost have grown 6.0% (12.5% excluding inflation) and 5% respectively according to the Advance GDP report. The fiscal gap will bring discussion on cyclic impact of exits which should not be significant and as Gold falls on thru in India as well, to below 28k, likely pressure on imports will be found to be reduced but both the arguments are inane and fueled by the ir relation to the fiscal gap in basic math but unordained by any data linking them thru the years when fiscal balance and non exits have again become primary reasons for India to continue recovery. Today’s trades seem to signify a 25k level for gold and 42-43k for Silver for 10grams / 1 kg respectively

Historically this should also be the last negative growth in indian non food bank credit growth at 12% as Deposit growth remains strong enough but that is a challenge that banks have to perform to and while HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank deliver , PSU banks will struggle with higher NPAs till they reach a mean 10% of the PSU bank assets apart from SBI and PNB which are expected to have been done with systemised NPA growth

One is probably looking at more dealmaking in FY14 as well though bigger M&A is not as likely, with PE likely to find a string of deals to match the fresh deal flow in March from Kotak Bank (Temasek/GIC subsidiary) to others in aviation and likely in NBFC and other services businesses.

However back on market levels there is no stop after 5500 till 5350 and waiting in the markets again is unlikely to be worth it, especially with results season likely to be good for only large market caps and selected banks already on buying lists including Indusind, YES and Axis Bank where fresh foreign investment is still likely

Bank Policy Tuesday: DMK steals policy limelight, Rate cut hopes of India Inc

Though we did not suspect the political mulligatawny soup that will lead to a face off in the Parliament on the Lankan Tamils issue and should in fact be used by Indian polity to align to US on this issue and come down on belligerent China friendly Lanka, the very least done today in the political arena with the Nifty barely holding 5750 and yields hardening closer to 8%  has been the virtual throwing away of the monetarists wheel in what can be educative to all large economies hoping for moneteraistic target based Economics to bring home the citizens out of the global crisis of growth overtaken by stagflation.

RBI allowed another 25 bp cut in Repo rates to 7.5% and though it seems pat following fixed yields early 2013 move below 8%, it removes any further room for easing for the Central Bank. Cheap RBI lending thru the LAF should have already impacted yields to move down as inflation remained in control. LAF rates are now 6.5%. RBI has also posited the MSF as bank rate at the upper end of the channel in the mid term review. India’s GDP growth was the lowest in the last 15 quarters at 4.5% in Q3 of FY13

The Governor meets the press at 2:30 pm.

SEMI Breakfast - Fixed Income/Credit Analysis
SEMI Breakfast – Fixed Income/Credit Analysis (Photo credit: ceonyc)

Rate Cut Economics

The bank rate cut to 7.75% was already an avoidance response to the  Type II error of over tightening the monetary turf by the RBI which is already conducting large OMOs to provide continuing liquidity. The last one was just this week , the 3 day repo accounting for INR 1350 bln. In real terms rates have only risen after the last rate cut announcement in Indian Fixed Income markets despite the appreciation in the Rupee and counting today’s rate cut of 25 bps thats 50 bp of rate cuts shouted out by India bears waiting for the debt trap that India Inc could never be. Indian credit stock instead still remains the lowest in Developing and Advanced Economies globally at 75% of GDP ( both data points in this argument have come from this week’s RBI data releases)r

The Challenge ahead

Despite the 30% growth in NBFC credit this January (based on RBI data released for segmental review of bank credit) credit growth will likely challeng e the 16% non food credit target. In market terms(equities) , though 5750 levels are holding on the Nifty, expectations have definitely been turned down three notches after the violent 100 point mid day reaction and as profit growth eludes and food inflation rules the rest of 2013, real income growth may finally turn out to be a mirage and bring down curtains on future consumption growth for the nation as it dives into political uncertainty. RBI rate cuts could have been avoided to keep the market discipline better in later months when the fixed income markets would have been in situ better able to target a downward slide in yields and keep ahead with higher growth enumeration as non food inflation instead of staying low now tries to bite back with global demand improved by China’s lot However all that still means India grows by 5% in FY13. The lower data of worse cases for FY 14 enumerated above are still low probability events and can be easily avoided though these downside risks should also blanket any other global downside risks.

Foreign investment flows

India remains a global island of relative comfort for investors engendering continuing foreign investor interests that should as posited turn positive as the global downside risks emerge stronger esp for Europe and competitors like Korea and Singapore (affected by the China story) get bit while others like Thailand may still not provide the required depth to global investors. BRICs and N11 stories have at one time or other shown how executive decision can help them pull past the Indian jugger naut and India needs to be better positioned to respond in global markets thru joint policy and private sector action.

 

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India Morning Report: Global investors may not withdraw from equities

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Citizenship For Sale (Garage Sale 2012) … Foreign investors flock to U.S. (June 11, 2012) …item 3.. Monumental Maneuver (Jun 20, 2012) … (Photo credit: marsmet481)

 

While US tries to balance its Economy after a spate of QE liquidity is seen as injuring fiscal and monetary health, a rise in interest rates in the Economy with or without inflation could do wonders for the paradigm of growth as China and Japan return as investors in US treasuries and 10 year yields rule around 2%. The US economy may not be able to break the limits of a sub 3% growth even if yields spurt in the next few years in the US even as Europe falls back in an extended recession and the South catches up, esp Italy and Spain with imports to offer to the rest of the Economy making a brilliant recovery this 2013
However back in India after the deep cut yesterday, the Economy is very much invested in and FIIs are unlikely to leave this isle of relative prosperity even as the struggle for relevance continues for India Inc and Domestic consumption keeps the beer head on even keel if not frothy.

 

Indian currency would have few takers in the rest of this month before the budget speech even though the Cuts in Borrowing would lead to a minor rally from here as the Rupee was anyway unlikely to move below 54.50 levels. Yields at 7.8% are likely to be a defining high instead of the 8% plus seen earlier in 2013 and may creep back from there as Asian investors withdraw from the Global rally but funds flow to India are again unaffected

 

Markets would choose carefully between equity choices on offer esp as the cut in Private banks by 4-5% brings back another choice of PSU bank investors into those chosen to run with (Investors normally choose to exit than reenter same scrips on a trot) but Energy and even Metals are likely to be in favor with Cement and Sugar returning to Demand pull after a long time and it is likely that Banknifty might still be rerated or reconvened ith a higher private bank weightage in 2013 .New nifty index scrips also seem to have lowered the impact cost for the index trades and higher index liquidity could be critical in roping in new funds for Indian Markets

 

Henderson New Star
Henderson New Star (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Again I would still prefer no straddles be bought as they bet the markets will necessarily move and strangles be not capped at 5900 or 5950 esp if your investment is limited to even a few lakhs. Lupin, Stride Arcolabs, Glenmark and Cipla make excellent investments again. ICICI Bank can be accumulated at current levels. IDFC and stolid infracos will lead the new rally movces and it may be soon on budget announcements but that one is a vain hope not worth long term investors’ time or money

 

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Amit Mittal wrote:
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2011> more sectors seem to creep into the equation as the marketstructure gets hijacked by those trying to make it look like the same as a retail investor could do in the fun 60s rolling on the floor…but Power NBFCs led by REC and PFC remain good moves in 2013 and PTC could get a bigger stronger role in the quad with Powergrid unlikely to lose relevance and despite roads being deprioritised, there may be enough speciality infrastructure bids ( I mean ports and urban planning ventures as well as welfare structures for the new deal) to keep all other infra midcaps floating. Also I personally back GMR Infra and Reliance Infra while berating overleveraged pops like even GVK and some mid cap Mumbai Real estate juggalos

 

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

 

 

 

India Morning Report: State Banks, Bread and Coca Cola

First the note on infracos that have unsettled the markets
What markets had initially identified as a resilient strain of Corporate misgovernance in infracos from GMR and Reliance Infra had apparently never been a cured mutation despite consistent action and PR by the companies. Even today when the infra gap is being addressed, because of group leverage showing on the holding companies, GMR, Reliance Infra remain active short candidates especially for those bullish on Kushal Singh’s DLF despite its bad results. Hoever, the short interest looking actively to rerate the markets has probably been snuffed in the bud and will likely lose out in this cycle as the day progresses today.

 

English: Tata Prima Truck by Tata Motors
English: Tata Prima Truck by Tata Motors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Brokerages re-rate SBI and Tata Motors

 

Expected disappointments from Tata Motors and on expected resilience from the State Bank panning out a lot of uptick has come in for both stocks, At 249, Tata Motors is indeed a good defensive buy and its JLR performance can only improve as it seems to have managed to keep sales volume increasing esp in China where they grew by 50%. JP Morgan and UBS have also upgraded SBI as the bank’s chairman explained on the networks that domestic NIMs are a healthy 3.75% and the international book stable with NIMs of 1.7% , in itself a very good performance given that the State Bank’s International portfolio jurisdictions are not in politically challenged geographies like BOB has.

 

The Sun Pharma and DRL conundrum

 

At this bottom of the Nifty cycle , the other cvonundrum also gets highlighted as growth successes like Sun joust with almost regular failures like DRL and Ranbaxy that have lost the confidence of investors but keep the sector rated as a defensive. Emerging Midcap Stocks including Glenmark, Cadila and even Biocon are thus seen as having capped prospectsmuch like the consumer goods stories like Dabur, Marico and Unilever but most analysts have distinctly berated the laggards and moved the active investments to an aggressive growth cycle so passive investors and DIIs have to follow in due course.

 

And the ascent begins..

 

However, these are but regulation battles at the end of results season in India Inc’s diverse investor and corporate objectives’ joust for relevance and India’s uniqueness as a 5% + growth destination has not been lost to the cycle , the entire move down and the restlessness in the markets likely to be attributed to pre budget jitters in statstically consist4ent studies over the next decade as this inflection point is real and investors relevant to India stories carefully watching even if from the sidelines, checking if the stories fed to them by domestic media and other interfaces about India’s struggles are as unlikely as growth sponsors of the country make it out to be and perhaps convinced by as tately transition in 2014 under a new government that hopefully will be more of the old.

 

Private Banks like ICICI are likely to enjoy today’s mini rally from 5870 levels in rare moment s of perfect correlation with the State Bank and exploratory shorts run out if the OMCs are indeed able to puh thru a round of Oil price hikes on the weekend. Europe has of course scared global prospects for 2013 and that impact has probably run its course by the end of next week fully.  q. GS

 

 

 

India Morning Report: At least having followers ensure you don’t get to listen to sermons on Destroyed Value from rising indices

English: Wordmark of Cipla. Trademarked by Cipla.
English: Wordmark of Cipla. Trademarked by Cipla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No one would have thought that Oil short targets would again appear at only above Rs 5150. In fact copper watchers and other commodity watchers would also aver the current bullish cycle in the doctor of metals and the rest of them are also tentative with global pricies still moving up only to $3.67 a pound expectations, implying  asteady discount at higher levels in the indian market. A sell off in Gold too underlines belying of Domestic expectations and will with sucha broad thrust be able to move the Rupee up as a better balance sheet beckons in March and an equity rally is pretty much out of the question

Cadila and GMR results disappoint and the former’s doubling of losses though expected by many,  was supposed to have completed restructuring of its structures by this time to spread the debt load , Male notwithstanding and the latter is much a shocker after Sun Pharma climbed out of its stagnation pit almost on cue of ithe global business cycles improving. Sun’s loss of Taro control will continue to bite as others like Glenmark continue to come up in the domestic ranks and that anyway leaves Cadila on the back burner with no visible leadership in either international or domestic segments but would be on as many buy lists as Cipla and Biocon with bigger and better stories because of an assured growth clip while others are subject to volatility from innovation and automated trading as well in a traders’ frustrated market series in February 2013 when the pre budget rally has been scotched but the India report card is sunny as ever, when Asia FDI will start retreating as China peaks but India FII and FDI interest is safe in the pockets of stable acquiescence we engender in the world investor community.

Global High Yield and Yuan issuance seem to be good for Asia in the four quarters thru to 2014 as well and if that survives, Investment grade Debt and gilts could also come back on the strength of the currencies in the second half of the year

The morning Olympics have been a subcontinent show with only one or two comments in almost rabid monlogues making any sense, almost making one feel like a backbencher has been allowed to speak and you must just suffer through. Of particular delayed incapability and thus high Avodance quotient was the so meandering opinion of parrying institutional investors who are later than the last back bencher in grasping the importance of investing and if the same backworking backbencher theorems are applied and still make sense, these would produce more defensible evidence on employing of research teams in advance than jumping on to available decisions already in action, and thus the morning has been an almost entire waste of time and as readers can pick and choose when to survivve my opinion than comment on it as is being written, I was the only one who suffered. IIMA recruitment also back those wanting to get into a research career and I am still wondering Iif I will have to go thru an entire Ph D program to get suitable rich to be employment. Research for trading desks intermingling now with Front Office Quants, look like much more succinct and concise and thus productive except for Risk managers hoping to write a book on avoiding risk.

Hexaware has finally survived a s a reminder of the annuity business IT and BPO bring, the sector surviving the month of Rupee appreciation only because Auto consumption is still on training rails on the takeoff leg of the runway.

Seriously though, what is it about Capital Markets, Banking and any other tenet of GDP growth that gets so much negative attention. And why do they continue to hog most of the GDP growth then. Execution? Kudos to MCX SX on launching th SX 40 indices and starting trading in over 1400 scrips. Unlikely though but they would be going all out to get attention for “real” institutions, to grade up the edigree of their promoters who try to come out of the shadow of harrassment by regulators and use of free market critique of regulation as overpowering spices to mask any cooking in the rice below.

India Currency Report: Rupee catches the leg back up for Asia

Korean Won’s early lead in the currency scores in 2013 was blockaded by reports of a failed GDP revival in the Economy last week, while seemingly Asian currencies have kept the sell down of dollar more widesread than the Yen. While European banks do not have large operationsin ‘Asia anymore, many of their important clients and Global Transaction business originate in Asia.

The buoyancy in Asian currencies therefore is likely here to stay putting Asian exportes in a bind but Export volumes, already at all time lows with shutdowns in China ( for commodity exporters) and Europe ( for Consumer goods and more price sensitive exports) in 2011 and 2012 are unlikely to fall through from here and may be able to sustain on the rising currency.

Indian Rupee is likely to stick around its neww range between 53 -55 and if it does use this opportunity to break from 53 on up, it would be because Oil is tracking down in the Global markets.

After having factored America’s Oil independence in a falling through till late 2012, Oil prices have recovered, Brent as of npow keeping its “transport cost spread” from the West Texas WTI Crude rates Thai and Malay economies are already worried about rising currencies while Singapore is likely benefitted by the rising Sing Dollar and looks to reap some benefits from the post crisis Change agenda.

The main agenda item supporting a high recovery in Asian currencies is of course the reopening of trade wwith China as it helps other consumer Economies from both North and South Europe and developed Pacific nations including Australia to revive imports as they plod towards a non recession 2013 with GDP contraction decimated by the brilliant move up in Germany’ s Services PMI last week though the currency market’s deccisions to discount growth in the UK look to shoot the Asian moves in the foot as any such speculative recovery will have to support a stronger Pound also and not just the Euro which is stable at 1.345. The Pound fell to 1.5800 levels Friday but should be looking to come back to 1.62 in the course of the year and the Dollar index likely to remain above 80 with the Yen crossing into the 100 s vs the Dollar.

In local reasons, India’s rupee was helped by the global inflows caused by optimistic readings of recovery as Diesel was decontroled with a pledge to increase prices by 20% for retail in the next 15-20 months ( To reach bulk levels of 56 per liter as for bulk buyers)

India Morning Report: Recovering India’s growth, Reminding populations of death and poverty and Replacing lightbulbs

ONGC India Ltd, Kakinada Branch office
ONGC India Ltd, Kakinada Branch office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Seriously, How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? If you are Duvvoori Subbarao and replacing the lightbulb is the “rate cut” direction, a likely dozen spring to mind including annointed commentator and Bankers’ Trust columnist Tamal Bandhopadhyaya who after more than 20 interviews with Head Honchos of Banks has finally broken through in at least he believes he can also cast Subbarao’s mind with absolute certainty and get friends in high (street) banks.

 

Holding on to the Capex Cycle for Growth

 

Investments that seemed to start to recover in the latter half of the fiscal, January’s FDI flows still an enthusiastic affirmation of India Inc being the growth engine for the globe esp with most looking askance at China for investment growth from equity and bonds. Indian bond markets could well be on the verge of a colossal turn down having locked in a rate cut and equity markets enjoying a flurry every intraday as traders make sure there is a volatility iller with extreme moves intra day souring the longer run investor to no end except keeping busy before the definitive move Tuesday.

 

Bank Policy Tuesday apart, Capex investment in India has also not recovered because of other substantive reasons including lack of executive approval, seminal moves like the ascension of NaMo to the Centre for BJP and the continuing dissing of the Welfare Economy as unsubstantive and too short term for India.

 

Flagging India Defence

 

Naval approvals to be refused to KG6 and other Reliance Gas wells off the coast of Bombay bring out the real Mumbaikar and Reliance supporter who would rather point to Corruption in India’s Defense ( which unfortunately may also be one of the main reasons) than having any substantive debates on India’s security concerns precluded by the Indian proclivity for secrecy which unlike the US or NATO or even Pakistan, seems to be at the detriment of National Policy in the area so that industrialists like Ambani or Mittals or the Executive team at Maruti can duly come out with Joint methods and at least look to be in sync with governments in 8 out of 10 cases while the Defence establishment is probably still awaiting another pay revision and finding other reasons for supporting outdated Russion technology for its Defence plans. Not that M&M is actually proceeding with its businesssin domestic Ordnance but even that was such a coming out for India inc in the sector. Intelligence of Chinese supplying India’s neighbours like Nepal and Bhutan read alongside news of Pakistan ceding territory to China is a real threat and must be realised more substantially than total bans and outright decisions with a falling out later that has destroyed years of planning while China throttles ahead

 

Live issues for India Inc

 

Doubling royalties and ITC’s not breaking even on its FMCG products are ofcourse known hurdles we have discussed but markets also move on other things than Energy’s resplendent freedom bid that is moving ONGC and OMCs currently . Banking will be key to India Inc’s move to new highs likely in the first half of 2013 itself as Profits grow but Sales growth , in double digits in the December quarter could likely continue declining further as industrial production  recovering on controlled costs and higher profits, suffers from flagging demand and Inflation is unlikely to reduce to any 5% level on WPI and will plod around 7-7.5% for the next 18 months one can look ahead

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Pledged 100% of your holdings and market is up

Seemingly though, there is no more free money in that. It could have been on a generic basis because of stricter internal risk guidelines, and fat tail events precipitating the HDIL event could also be innocent ones like pledged shares needing to transfer ownership and bank ownership of the same got in the way and so many other reasons. All of them a 100% unlikely. Almost. Because HDIL is paying for surrendering all its real liquidity to its pledgee bank that took all its sharees to extend it a loan and while margin calls are a norm to a down bear market, getting into the bull orbit, recovering real estate prices in Mumbai and some good real estate assets did not help HDIL

published from lodha's signature project site
published from lodha’s signature project site

The new mid cap stars in Mubai property are Phoenix, Peninsular land ( in this rally) and even Orbit corp where they really circled up the wagons. The signature Lodha property – The World Towers – aside there are others that have captured the public imagination in Mumbai including Exide owner’s (onlyy related families) “Raheja Platinum” in Worli touted as a first of its kind skyscraper commercial towers.

In the meantime Hathaway cable is still in play as digitisation plows ahead and makes a strong #2 in markets like Mumbai while Zee’s Dish Tv takes up the slack after a big run in digital stocks since November 2012 Back to banking though, the new NBFCs getting bank licenses could further reduce the universe of actionable Mid cap in India as most of them propeled into almost blue chip league by Net worth requirements alone would no longer be able to run up asset growth as a Mid Cap that they have wrangled out . Power NBFCs are a different story with REC and PFC having much more potential for even doubling assets twice over. yesterday’s almost breathable recovery at 2:30 pm after everyone did think 6000 was a bottom signed the recession blues away too and regardless of China’s strong PMI performance and springloaded reaction in equities India is likely to get more allocations in a continuous September in the Pre Budget rally and later post Budget as the government still has a quarter in which to post other fiscal discipline measures midstream however miniscule they may be and then get into a big Welfare play  as it would take if the Congress led UPA with or without the UPA components ask for a third continuous term. If they crimp on spending in this Elections it could be byebye india inc though some Corporate India would still like to believe in NaMo’s extremist India as the answer to big brother’s comeuppance on us.

Also it was good to see Airtel and others stonr overtures for th eprice increase but attrition is likely to come back in waves, because “Momma, I still pay my own bills” and Call volume has been dowwn almost steadily since 2006 giving strength to losing hopefuls like Kotak who failed in growth herms since then too and the amrket have been waiting on their Indian style dhandha fundas to take hold on the larger untapped Indian market

India Morning Report: The Budget(ed) Roadshows, the royalties and the burden of the beast

That beast dropping the burden into the nether world could well be market participants once the RBI Governor reaches the comfort zone of “Sorry, no cuts” later this week before Bank Policy Tuesday strikes markets 2 days prior to expiry. FIIs brought in almost $3 Bln to Indian equities in January and while money flows to bonds had picked up again after being usurped by equities the lack of a rate cut could well force some selling into the 8% yield mark in Indian Bonds.

Meanwhile FinMin denizens with P Chidambaram have started on roadshows that sell new reforms including the ever awaited GST rollout by FY2015 end and the raising of ceiling on Corporate bond investments further to $25 bln. Nonetheless, This market could see Nifty topp(l)ing before 6150 as a disappointment is near certain and the clamour to get back into HUL this morning is now a merry part of the same rerating saga as ITC and Bharti nurse there recent high levels and HUL is still the lowest royalty paying established MNC out there with more than a $1 bln in  Consumer staples sales in a quarter. ITC’s brand portfolio is surely chugging along as nicely as well. Almost as much as the bigger soaaps and detergents portfolio of HUL.

English: India's Minister of Finance Palaniapp...
English: India’s Minister of Finance Palaniappan Chidambaram is the special guest at a plenary session titled Risks to India’s Economy in a Post-Crisis World held at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India’s consumer consumption jump story could still be just around the corner further along in 2013 before the next Festive season rerates expectations of the secular growth trajectory for India and how China is indeed different.

China and Japan’s markets may not see the expected rush in equities again and it is back to the smaller markets and some of that rerating might again positively influence Indian inflows because of the same reasons. I am intrigued therefore , (as an analyst and a commentator albeit because I have had a punting background) by the consolidation in ICICI Bank as well as YES Bank and IDFC. Not just (a) alone but all of (a), (b) and (c)  could be headed for new levels for consolidation which are more than three times their current high ‘stratospheric’ pricing as their valuations not only underestimate India’s potential but these scrips flag the best examples of trailblazers in India Inc which can ramp up on volumes, new business and secular growth almost effortlessly for the investor as we head for a comfortable 2-3 years from the bottom of the cycle

Of course the related depth of research sitting alone might produce limited results immediately as most is internet only kind of info but one is certainly confident after seeing the fate of erstwhile trailblazers like Kotak and HDFC Bank (incl HDFC) which have been forced to stay down with excuses of sterling quality after they could not catch the earlist kindled growth in any of the last 4-5 cycles they have been a part of. They would probably choose inorganic progress from here to get back into the saddle in the meanwhile as Energy and Pharma also need to prove their mettle as sectors and Aviation and consumption are the only mavericks worth backing right now.

 

India Morning Report: A new high for the Nifty looks likely in the run up to the Budget 2014

Rahul-gandhi
Rahul-gandhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the Planning commission decides most of the Capital investment allocations beforehand including government’s share of state spending and Big Ticket Infrastructure spending, the Bidget document next month is still likely to give enough impetus to the incumbent government to approach the General elections in 2014 positively ‘under new management’. Apart from Rahul Gandhi’s ascension to the throne which needs to be sponsored or vetted by India Inc sooner than later, India is now mostly looking at global cues after, as the MOS man, Raamdeo Agrawal said on TV18 right now, problems in both the energy and IT services sectors have been resolved for the time being.

We are headed for true deregulation in energy prices and that’s a relief for ratings hawks as well as those items of profligate public spending when it was indeed all getting burned up in oil spend (subsidy)

A few items of trivia glue that has confetti sticking to India Inc’s big weekend party and the world at large before we begin the Monday Morning Dharma. China’s labor force has decreased by a large 3.45 mln this month from more than 940 mln last year. GDP growth in China was yet 7.9% after a 7.4% November taking the 2012 number to 7.8% overall and likely saving it from recession adding just under 3 mln in new jobs, and urban populations almost stopped growing with expected rural migration to 712 mln (urban population)

Also our working population of women may be interested, women seem to more heart attacks on Saturday and Monday and as this data pertains to North America, it can pertain to only Working women and not homemakers. Heart attacks are 27%  more likely to occur around your birthday, and though this article pertains to our female friends, in our country at least more men than women die of heart attacks)

Swiss banks are indeed closing down, the first one in the world at Wegelin the first victim having started in 1741 but Davos is still happening with the world’s wealthiest and the large Bank CEOs and Presidents making it there to party into the night. JP Morgan CEO Dimon though paid out $11.5 mln half his 2012 package for indiscretions as head of CIO investments. Global banks have paid nearly $5 B in fines between HSBC and UBS for regulatory oversight and half , especially those with European lineage are shutting down their business in Investment Banking

More importantly the Aussie is roaring back even as US markets remain closed today and the BOJ likely to hit the precipice button when they meet on QE spending for Japan later in the day, the Yen already circling 90 and in recent history reaching almost 25 years since it has eyed the 100 mark to the US Dollar, let alone the AUD

Taxes on the super rich, seem unlikely unless the next General elections cause another rupture in stability that the media is almost imperceptibly wishing for, to solve their quads of issue boredom. Another month and we will be just tlaking budget wishes in duty cuts and tax writeoffs in the run up to the budget , all serving to mask any new legs of India’s Economic policy that may be unleashed in Budget 2014. Stock up on big banks and Infracos apart from the leads on NBFCs unless you had indeed been waiting for Infosys and OIL to come back, whence you must book profits this week and watch. The OIL divestment will indeed release nearly 30 bln for the GOI fisc blues. Another interesting issue taking shape is how the regulators and FinMin will stop the bleed as MNCs dry up profits with larger royalties back home leaving their now not to be delisted Indian arms with nothing to entice domestic shareholders and a government backlash is inevitable despite the GOI having allowed then unlimited royalty just in December 2009

 

 

 

India Morning Report: The short stuff stranglehold and more consolidation..

Those hoping for a correction as DIIs called the market wrong 2-3 times before the markets left them selling into a rising market and handling redemptions but based on the predilection for that correction shorts have already bled in trying to sell 5800 Calls and had to roll to 6000 calls in December series. That ould seemingly have been a nice time for an exit and now, new top range of the market is well settled nearer 6200 where the new Sold calls set up the top of the range while those holding the 6000 Call premium of about 100+ are likely to be trapped by bulls and doused fully in the run past 6100.

English: India's Minister of Finance Palaniapp...
English: India’s Minister of Finance Palaniappan Chidambaram is the special guest at a plenary session titled Risks to India’s Economy in a Post-Crisis World held at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nifty hits 6000 on way to 6200

That of course is just more details of how shorts including DII managers like Madhu Kela who were long on the Indian economy but haave been battling continuing redemptions and the lack of opportunity to buy will be hurt in the January series before the markets start a downward trend most likely post budget as euphoria over policy finally dies out only after new budget announcements and tolerance for fiscal slippage and the new range for targets for FY14, 15 and FY16 that governments across the world and P Chidambaram must use wisely. Avoid IT esp Midcaps as shorts would concentrate there while the market achieves 6200 to help them fund their trades to the North pole

That also means that markets will likely remain above 6000 in the run up to the budget and supports at 5900-5950 are likely to hold allowing Indian currency to catch up on the bad year past in 2012 and strengthen in the periods the Won and the Singapore Dollar create as they continue to run up past the US Dollar on continued good performance by Singapore and hopefully bad December trade data turning out to be a chimera for Korea whree the WON nearly ran up 10% on the Dollar in 2012 on trade resurgence but China may be looking to other trade partners at the beginning of the recovery while Korea has to wait for the consumer boom in China and its other Export markets.

Asia leads strongly in today’s open as Europe is also likely to rejoice on the postponing of all arguments in the US Senate and House for another two months as both Republicans and Democrats try to get a hold on their contribution to a longterm restructuring of the budget deficit.

Meanwhile LIC’s investment charter is likely on target to receive the policy endorsement needed to own up to 25% of a company in equity and the Indian state gets a strong ally in Institutional investors resulting to that.

Manufacturing PMI data to be released later in the day may not be able to hold on to its gains at last months near 54 performance and December’s lukewarm auto sales ( to be confirmed by Bajaj Auto and HMSI) with TaMo scoring just 15000 sales for the month and Maruti sticking around 80,000 vhicles for the year near its recent bottom for the year. Hyundai also reported sales of less than 30,000 for the month while M&M nearly topped off the 50,000 mark in a strong performance and its new SUV range indeed catchs on the fancy of the budget buyer, a big category in India’s consumernomics.

India Morning Report: Go pork on your investments said the offended unsaved friend..

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport: interior view
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport: interior view (Photo credit: Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection)

 

..not that the traders had any worthwhile savings. Both Savings and investments have been down for india inc in the last 4 years and the trend has not recovered despite India standing out as a n island of prosperity relative to the global carnage. However, the whole Dickensian/Edwardian or Premchand ridden spectre ripe for a Saki short is really just in the wind because of not Services Economy GDP being down on the bend disparaging India’s lead but DIIs or others who missed the bus in August are not the only ones aiting now. Most traders have been out of deployable cash including the first edition foreign brokers’ clients who were the original invested Capital at 5000 and 5300 level but nothing a normal profit taking and reinvestment cycle would not solve.

 

Those retail investors are not likely to come again as even if they did some profit taking it was not available in their accounts for reinvesting and that also holds for any infracos / construction companies and their promoters or mid cap promoters running their banking on margin economics and unable to plough back if any of their plays have recovered. Yet, any sign of a short is likely to get quashed, tha’s all will happen in this market probably over the next 3 months till a bout of finally too untenable 2013 projections will drop the bottom out of the correction around still likely 6200 levels.

 

Blight

 

However, close calling on the indices every minute not being required, is still probably 4-5 years to go as trends are big and easily discernible (to the naked eye) and investible additions to Mutual Funds and Insurance savings are unlikely to be anything but concurrent to that except for active tax nationalism guiding a few more investment rupees to the insurance cos who thankfully report more new business from SME and MSME /Prop businesses and salaried employees who realise the enormity of the nest egg requirement now in 2012 even compared to 2002 when a big rally and a 8-9% boom of annual real GDP growth had barely kept India in the hunt.

 

Valreson

 

The leather hunt we are now part of, definitely is a sign that we are precluded from all those portfolios that are banking on inspirational growth or a viable threat to China while policy agendas from the nineties will continue to have items unrequited till now and enabled by weak governments standing on a strong constitution and thankfully apolitically activating bureaucracy that is also able to handle and changing mandates from the people but which mandates have literally all been ridden to the borderline of it cannot matter in all possible ways with or without coalitions and third fronts.

 

saving and spending
saving and spending (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

 

Save Money
Save Money (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

 

 

 

India Economic Upgrade destroyed in time for a questionable “manufacturing revolution”!!

Image representing Infosys Technologies as dep...
Image via CrunchBase

The Indian Services GDP is probably in threat as India loses its leadership of the incipient global Services sector growth, where it now enjoys a barely positive PMI at 52 after a big slide from 54 in October and instead the remaining almost vestigial 18% of Indian GDP that is manufacturing has taken pride of place with a more than 54 clip in the PMI sub indices in November, leading KV Kamath, an industry doyen one would not belittle or argue to claim apparently that India’s manufacturing sector is resurgent. Which again, reminds of some other key mistakes from organisations like India Inc’s ICICI Bank and Infosys which have made other such weak claims earlier in the nineties and the noughts while using other selling strategies to actually gain power of mind and mindspace over the budding markets they have indubitably created.

Not that market development has gained any recognition in the meantime but there are many other areas not forgetting major discrepant growth inputs missing from India Inc like our FMCG sector and Retail where both branded output is still stuck at 15% of market after two decades of reforms and is not growing share of voice or market even at a resurgent and well nigh bharat consuming and growing at twice the pace of Urban India albeit with unbridled inflation in urban India than any other reason to blame.

icici bank
icici bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is the real consumption franchise anywhere near increasing and is any growth in manufacturing paradigms really possible. One should be careful in using carrots for a generally more educated and access powere urban and rural market in India before making such superfluous conclusions the mainstay or athe retort you have as a personage of voice int he Indyustry and in the nation that is busy pinning down its real core advantages and probably needs more focus on items of Services, Welfare and Infrastructure than Construction and whatever manufacturing we need here to survive.

English: K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Ch...
English: K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICCI Bank; President, Confederation of Indian Industry, speaks at a plenary session titled Risks to India’s Economy in a Post-Crisis World held at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: And that my dear is how a normal consolidating market looks like..

Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer (Photo credit: chooyutshing)

 

Unfortunately, the last two months were not normal for the markets at all, with most shorts alive yet unable to close the deal and finally breaking the buck whence this detail of markets opening and staying around yesterday’s levels instead of retracing everything is the real consolidation thing which should invite cattle herders in droves to this overtly spiritually marketed FDI and portfolio destination. As mentioned other Asia destinations are not so active right now and I am not aware of the depth of the new market in Burma (Myanmar) which is increasingly going to be a Hail Mary target for unregulated PE money (Hail Marys work more often than you think)

Meanwhile another big IPO from China and a portfolio divestment in Thailand should be enough motivation for any serious Singapore business to rush in now before the Hongkong dragons take over Asia hub again. Right now they are increasingly becoming the Yuan market in more ways than one.

Back on Indian governance, it is better than most other Asian republics and yet resistant to a full hearted embrace for foreign investors but that apart, there are now lesser differences that matter than depth and liquidity of the Capital markets even with BSE and MCX adding to the mix, the first few months of multiple exchanges not marred by flash crashes or other exchange level black swans in any other developed market geographies either like London and New york. Shanghai, Sydney and Singapore continue to look for diversification of asset classes and business with others like OMX, Nikkei or the myriad European exchanges led by Deutsche Borse and for india the local FII market in Luxembourg which still provides some investors to the myriad QIPS though India does not play with 144A placements and jurisdictions as often anymore.

Ofcourse after a buoyant two years Emerging market ETFs are again fighting for share with High yield and sub prime business and also we do not get any new allocations evena s the larger chunks sunk in China weigh down anchor on foreign investors amidships and the high  5900 market isjust waiting for another news event driven buzz ( I don’t know how that what we do here is different from a flash crash really and we do not even allow HFT or any pother program trading to trigger off a steeper slope into the selloff!) when the retail FDI vote happens today or tomorrow.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Yes this is the bull run in progress :)

Though it would not seem like it to you and me and even those who were lucky to get into the hallowed portals of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs before us, this is a continuing bull run ith just too many interruptions and cavilling to ignore. Witness how there are not more than one nay sayer in a crowd of 50 commentators. Witness also how market traders like Ashwini Gujral and SS keep trying to put out short picks every now and then but come back empty handed at 3:30 pm. Also witness how the ruepee’s weaknness making the IT sector attractive means suddenly all other fundamentals are “poof” vanished in the air. Importantly, as someone caught me on telly today, ( I opened the screen to TV18 as he wasz speaking the subject) , portfolio inflows are strengthened by Rupee’s unbroken move towards the lowest on record 56 levels and odollar sales are washed up by the high tide of month end Oil purchases and the burgeoning trade deficit as is usual for our second half of the fiscaal, and for the second year running, we follow up on daily tidbits of how India will no t be able to manage the fisc target but the bullishness remains on call.

Securities and Exchange Board of India
Securities and Exchange Board of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did i cost you a fortune? I may have because as a single hand I was unable to suitably direct you on big time nbullish calls like Stride Arcolabs which has always been an emergent blue chip on my card like much of the remaining sector including the crop of MNC pharma led by GSK which as known for ages is going in finally for a fresh buyback to bring its stake up to the now standard 75% for MNC players in line with SEBI requirements of a public company. But I do not regret sending more the way of IDFC who also has an active PE arm in non infraco projects apart from its starting blocks it purloined from StanChart’s Mutual Fund in India.

On global cues, both Europe’s new Greek agreement and China’s slowdown had nothing new to offer for global portfolio investors and hot money trade fronts while FDI related or otherwise Policy execution remains on hold in India that also been duly discounted by the market aand any pyrotecnhnics by flailing oppositions and Catalonian adventures are unlikely to firm up as a new trend into the mix, favoring the recovery of Europe into a mild recession and now despite growth in UK and Germany while the fiscal cliff seems to be ready to become a new non event yet someone should not get their hopes all up too soon.

Gold and Commodities look unwilling to make a move but the Dollar is not getting any stronger and the Rupee’s weakness is another capitulation to current deficit demands by our policy makers as our champions of growth budgeting find themselves unable to get to the next watermark or making a stand in execution or in substantial politics.

And Hindustan Copper is back to 155 as the price was marked in the Offer for Sale, letting investors keep hope in the IPO process ( with due discounts and ready profits without issues devolving on others – excepting LIC’s coffers that are now an unbridled part of India’s budget machine)

 

India Morning Report: Asia shines in global cues, the FDI challenge will be limited

Yen-Hsun Lu
Yen-Hsun Lu (Photo credit: Carine06)

 

Probably some of my friends might find this calling the chickens before they hatch but more would understand why we are calling the upcoming Parliamentary challenge just another cog in the (w)heels (sic!) of India Inc.

 

China’s Flash data in the meantime shows HSBC’s Private survey catching up with recovery as expected after a few scares in the last year when itdipped and clipped any recovering trends and underscored the state PMI by a higher and higher margin. The Flash Manufacturing PMI is above 50 and that means the composite too will scratch above 50 and Services in China can also conme on up and announce a full recovery. Though MOM retail sales data remains a challenge, the annual rate of growth with weak Japanese exports also getting a bit of hope from a climbback in almost minimised Toyoda sales in the kingdom and Nissan and Volkswagen were also hopeful

 

Older Style Nissan Logo (1984–2001)
Older Style Nissan Logo (1984–2001) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The last 50+ HSBC Flash as 13 months ago. Back in India, nothing’s moving the markets ahead of the anticipation of a big blockade by Mamata Di and NDA independently already shoing that the fracture in the opposition is likely to eliminate any serious threat to governance but underwrites another loss of 20 orking days to the nation’s Parliament, hoping to clear as many as 17 bills in this session hich the ruling party will unlikely table so precipitately.

 

Asian markets rebounded led by good growth frm the new ASEAN low fare carrier Air Asia and a big jump in Korea and the new weakness in the Dollar has indeed multiplied nefariously on early Thursday trading resulting in a nice rupee open too. The Aussie in the meantime cratered as expected after the Yen offered a nice segueway, Reuters commentary (Neil Kimberley) even betting this rise goees beyond 85 to the Yen giving precious ammunition to Japan to recover the Domestic GDP growth thats been flagging under pressure from the neighbour while the USD gets a leg from Treasuries that Japan has been exchanging for its JGB holdings

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Here comes the Winter session..NDA, No Confidence, no market action?

Markets for the proverbial retail trader are now right next to that other veritable institution in inaction and ‘eyes glued to electronic networks and news papers’. Yes, the market action , especially the lack of it, comes a close second to the inaction created by NDA in the upcoming Winter session with a few failed No Confidence motion attempts. One already wonders if the markets will expect further implementation at 5550 levels and react negatively  to such non action like the straitjacketed range of now, enticing increasing short positions strategies but one still considers that extremely unlikely.

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If you are exiting positions such as J&K Bank (cnbc commentary) or Jubilant ( despite the recent Goldman Sachs upgrade bump, which could just be a wall strategy from the brokerage) do not put all your eggs in an illiquid Karur Vysya or a tenacious VIP both of which are just likely to be jettisoned to their ever steady lows they flatline to. Silver would hit the high bars by 63000-64000 range if it crosses 63000 and Gold is just not going any higher from here till I would prefer some certainty in political climes for a chaneg as I would prefer gold investors take this time to reevaluate the soveriegn hedge of all depressions, recessions and even repressions on the back of a host of currency action in this second cycle to stake the global weakness in USD and the likely continuin gweakness in Oil. After all like its name Gaza is just a strip in the world of OIL incapable of escalating to a real resolution of Palestinian woe. I am still adding positions in ICICI Bank and IDFC.

The troubles of HP are likely going to be instructive for India too and the vaunted distributor tentacles could be wiped out for many MNC franchises in India to come, led by the large wins (finally) in retail space from Dominos and Jubilant, encouraging the JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs’ and the Apples and the Dells to consider an expansive lurch into this market like in China instead of the fool’s gold pricing strategy and a CIB franchise in rare climes.

 

India Trade Report (Flash October 2012) : Deficit Climbs

Trade and Monthly IIP. international Trade is currently 1/5 of India GDP

The October monthly deficit climbed to a $20.96B in India even as larger trade behemoths with monthly export volumes of $160-180 B in China and US returned higher surpluses ($32.5B) and lower deficits ($41.9B) spurred by jumps in Exports.

Indian data is ofcourse skewed by both the rush for Oil purchases and a downtick in imports not just in Europe but in US and most other India customers. While the European contraction is worrisome on an aggregate basis most global trade volume has been replaced by other categories for other customers. However Capital Goods trade remains one of the most severely affected led by downtick in such Exports from Europe (Germany) and Japan

Indian Imports rose $7.5 B for the month and the Rupee as expected inched towards the 55 levels. Indian IIP has been trending at lower levesl since the Global trade contraction picked up force in mid 2011

India Morning Report: I Would Not Worry About India’s Growth – India Finds A Value Blue Chip

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PMI: Silvy #1 (Photo credit: iksamenajang)

 

Now that China has confrimed in October data that there is a real recovery with HSBC PMI closest to the growth paradigm’s 50 mark, at 49.5 Indian core sector’s growth at more than 5% across a 13% jump in Coal production and 21% in Cement in October alongwith jump in Electricity and myriad other ‘core’ businesses including oil gas and steel means it would be a healthy PMI tracing the only other positive PMI among the world’s large Economies in the US and Net Exports as trade makes 18% of our GDP and the deficit stays in check with Oil imports cheaper even if demand for the same rise might also rise along with the definite growth clip on Services PMI

 

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English: Wordmark of Tata Motors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Meanwhile Fraport exits GMR Banagalore Airport at a fair profit and again GMR might forego on the offer to buy more of that Airport’s stake as India Inc gets ready for a ruch of Infraco orders which hold the ticket to its banking and GDP prosperity or India just might lose the edge it has with a 5% GDP growth and an early lead on recovery. Funds inflow have already exceeded $8bln this rally from July and with China at multi year ows in the stock markets any extra weightage for china may be absorbed without due transfers from other markets leaving more inflows marked to New Delhi/Mumbai from FII and FDI proposals

 

At this stage the Goldman Sachs and JP Morgans of the world might reconsider their predilection with Frontier markets and China before LATAM indeed does make a comeback capping the benefits to South Asia and India. Korea however should see more investments too, including Indian businesses oto whom cost of credit remains manageable.

 

Tata Motors in the meantime got flagged by Pandya and Sumeet Jain at Goldman Sachs India for doubling to a ~ INR 500 target or double the market cap at INR 1.7 Tln based on a new Jaguar aluminium chassis/engine as the stock mirrors its latest market China’s Economic performance and Landrover sales get even stevens at only 27,000 units per month

 

Both TaMo and Starbucks fed Tata Global remain on analyst radars as seeming corporate governance issues look to snip the investment led potential dscoveries from outgoing Chair Ratan Tata’s teams.

 

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GMR Malé International Airport Private Limited (GMIAL) Office (Photo credit: Ibrahim Asad’s PHotography)

 

Reliance’s big ticket investments for D6 with BP and more importantly its seeming victories in the bid to raise the price of Gas from its units remain new mysteries speculators get to capitalise on but the uptick is brilliantly pre done as the noise of future rate cyuts bring the market out of the sulky pout.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: How Does Romney Vs Obama Influence Me?

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English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It does and it doesn’t. After all the ones on the right side ( yes there is one, there is a right side and that is the Obamacrats) are anti outsourcing and probably not that friendly to India. But then India historically understands that what it thinks from afar and how it will be treated at the Dining table are almost always impossible to reconcile and it is mostly a case of the understanding sibling waiting afar to make a ritual sacrifice to the global family than any other equal concessions or other.

Or so China and Pakistan would like to believe. Of course Anti India rhetoric aside, China will still give much more weightage to India than to Pakistan because of Pakistan’s vanishing act in the Economy, in contextual relevance in Defence matters and the sheer size of the Indian market. But China has been obdurate and India’s policy is either expected to help US or China or stay away, making India the loser in all three choices and to put it rather insensitivelyequally decimated in any of the options. Defence spending , and there has been some, does help India’s Foreign policy cause but as far as Obama’s win is concerned, the dividend from that is only likely a couple of decades hence when US continues to grow as trading partner.

Back to other subjects of the morning, M&M and L&T have not got permissions to expand their Defence and Ordnance business and two wheeler markets are not growing in the festive season despite the Mujals’ best efforts on Hero. New launches from Hero are already sold 100k in M-Cycles and 50k in Scoters so the start’s more than good but Bajaj is the one winning the share wars and the profit margins this season.

New impetus to Banks wanting to set up business in the changed policy circumstance has again taken a back seat as nothing is likely before India’s own elections come due and the ministers   (eGoM) realise hopefully that half cooked might well be twice the penury for them in electoral battles so they should get something with the flavour of ‘execution’ out of the stables first.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets are where they were yesterday and the wait has not changed trends or direction of the markets. Romney is also where he was yesterday and pinning him on the changing stances in the debate goes against the grain of understanding Romney the politician, a by product of Romney the business investor which makes its very unlikely the Tea Party will be around or longer unless Americans want more gridlocked barbecues on the white house lawns

India Morning Report: Markets to follow up another uptick from 5650

The Rupee started the week well and set the tone but the ‘missed’ opportunities to churn the portfolio finally got to traders as the index is definitely not more than range bound though biased to the Northerlies taking it up. The resulting afternoon correction should not have worried you unless you were the few who entered this week in the last INR20,000 Crs or 200 B entering the cash market, which is going to be in a little trouble as the downward trend for Hero and the continuing travails of Infy emerge again with IT scrips getting hammered for prices booked in September in their quarterly results.

The Rupee hopefully will get to stronger ground nearer 52 than 53 before Oil prices rear their ugly head again, precariously poised at $92/$116 for WTI/Brent per barrel and India staring at just concluded well priced contracts askance if they could still bite on the WAC cost of our rising Oil bill. The September deficit climbed out of the hidden trenches on mass buying of Oil atleast as it seems from the monthly deficit and the growth in China’s exports can only do so much for our exports to Big brother.

Obama is back in the reckoning and though that does not mean good things for outsourcing followers, most IT companies have been hiring locally and settling down in the US as local color than exporters of manpower with a more than 10% bench at Infyand hiring for special skills in larger accounts now more than remotely likely. Banks and global financial services majors have much more bandwidth going into 22013 to expand footprint in Asia again outside of Goldman Sachs which is already fully invested in growth portfolios and the Deal markets should help further FDI/FII interest too.

India has managed to get extra flows without affecting prospects for Mexico or Turkey showing Emerging market inflows are more collaborative than competitive and US equity inflows should not impact the flows adversely either but worries come from the coming increase in share of the Commodities complex and the Japanese commitment to keep buying US Treasuries. Japan’s currency’s new turn is alsoa great story as the over valued currency seems to be in line for a big correction in value as China gets left behind in the list of US Treasury holders and the regional argument between China an djapan is balanced by the weakness in the Yen for Japanese and probably Korean exports as well.

 

India Morning Report: Shorts Do Not Roll Into The Next Contract

 

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The Bombay Stock Exchange, in Mumbai, is Asia’s oldest and India’s largest stock exchange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Markets will likely respond to a late global sell off again not a very strong one as global markets finally tire of the purported change in circumstances and wait for real liquidity and esp value. The rerating of China will likely dovetail into this inconvenience for portfolio managers though a large sell off is unlikely and yet a small short goes a long way for expiry of NSE FAO contracts ( now including BSE as well)

 

The Rupee strength will also likely be on hold for the week and homegrown hits from the Kapoor cousins Kareena and Ranbir gladden the big screen ausdiences than shopping and the usual festivities as August Car Sales dropped off the cliff but it does not seem a harbinger of much more pessimism yet being a follow on condition from the “more durable” slowdown

 

The indices are yet inching up in pre open as markets realise that there are no sellers despite the month end pressure on expiry week to give up “extraordinary gains”

 

 

 

Morning Trading Strategies – India September 10-14, 2012 (Day 2 – Tuesday)

 

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State Bank of India Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

No do not do that. though smaller targets that Ashwini Gujral has suggested work, you never know which short won’t work and thats a good investment on the long you are switching. Of course I refer to the markets enticing show of what’s left in India anyway and exiting by the back door for the show is over kind of morning with dear networks taking turns on shorts for day traders. Yes Bank could very well come back to 320 and IDFC has already shown enough to stick to 122 levels than go back to 114 both indicating that the supposed over emphasis on both banking and infrastructure financing is unlikely to go away and REC and PFC are already at encouraging levels for an uother upmove.

 

We do not expect markets to go for the South side vacation day traders are so fervently hoping for.

 

We do not expect markets to go for the South side vacation day traders are so fervently hoping for.

 

ITC is a buy again at 253-257,  More IDFC can be accumulated at cirrent prices, ICICI Bank is a good buy but the stock ill run below 900 on some quick performance concerns regarding expectations on NPA portfolios, and restructurings as well as business segment portfolios the firm operates without any regard for the consistent high NIMs  and quality credit pull to the franchise.  SBI stock similarly awaits a big bang news before a new positive target thus making a good upmove unlikely while big news is unlikely in this quarter or next, banks having stabilised a volatile operating scenario

 

 

 

InDIA MORNING REPORT SEPTEMBER 07, 2012: Global Liquidity Moves and a crunch in China

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English: Bharat Swati (BHEL Swati) is an Indian two-seat training monoplane designed by the Technical Centre of Directorate General of Civil Aviation and built by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As GSAM and a few others will willingly admit over the air, there is no return on your investment in China for a few more months. Of course the most important news of this market and it is affecting pre open rates as we speak is the Central bank liquidity thrust which has started in earnest even before the last obstacles toa Spanish bailout have been removed from ESM approvals to Spain’s own assessment and formal request. Bond buying in the 1-3 yr range by the ECB was announced at the monthly ECB meeting yesterday and was good news fo those already picking up 7% and 5.5% bargains in Spanish and Italian bonds. The resulting liquiddity esp as China is crushed under its own policy weight of the last twenty years is more investments in India.

However sooner or later more backing will be required for this rally as the BHEL and SAIL disinvestments look ticklishly unlikely despite Chidu’s best face on it. Bank nifty should be an important gainer if not today, tomorrow as 9850 was an important point of support.

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LATE MORNING TRADING STRATEGIES INDIA SEPTEMBER 06, 2012

 

Due to  POSTEROUS AND WORDPRESS ISSUES WE ARE UNABLE to POST around the morning report and trading strategies for Friday. Nofty has maintained 5330 levels and bnks are good to go, with the Euro bond buying program promising to be the long term friend global markets needed for liquidity ahead of spanish bailouts to come. Yet, China’s bemused failures should support India more if indeed there was any real policy action to follow on the interest generated and a deal was closed in retail or banking or others. Healthcare is still the sector with the most potential after banking

Flailing Auto sales in July and August have been estopped by the advent of the Holiday season and Ganesha and Dusshera will not let optimism go down in banking, auto or consumption sectors in durables and Non-Discretionary. However while many have beenlooking askance no one has called for the correction in Healthcare, Ashwini Gujral / ET Now biting the bullet again as Energy replaces any gap and older commentators hoe for a quickfir IT buzzer round to rate up scores , Infy and Bharti evenly priced. I would stay with longs in ITC< ICICIBANKand IDFC and not go short on SUNPHARMA though DRREDDY may stil have a few spinning out moves to the downside. Similarily, LUPIN, STRIDE ARCO (STAR) and the newly resurgent ORCHID and OPTO are unlikely to be part of the correction opening Ranbaxy and Sri Aurobind to more nervous action in the very few moves we will see this fortnight till expiry targets become clearly polarised.

 

Mid-Day trading strategies August 02, 2012

 

If you are also quite done with the move down in the Nifty since morning, join the club. However, you should join the club only if you are putting money behind the Nifty now in the afternoon, because that is where the trade is consolidating, rupee predictably still threatening to move to 56 in spot and 56.20 in August

Union Bank results came today ( there are two UBI , Union and United, both are essentially smaller players fighting asset Q) and Speciality Restaurants reported INR 50 Crs mark in sale (49.7Crores) Its premium restaurants include Mainland China

Mid Caps are sneaking up in trade with MANAPPURAM, RENUKA and BALRAMPURCHINI with a lot of upside still left I quite like the Manappuram story with 16 lakh customers and more than $2 B in assets with a 60% margin

Bajaj Auto Sales are down to 308,000 but SL exports have resumed to 4500 units

Shorts are on in Union, United and CBI and Canara Bank but I would suggest to hold on to HDFCBANK and ICICIBANK right now and SBI may have completed the correction

M&M has signed a new JV for Defense equipment which could add large blocks of fresh revenue for M&M. Aviation has a good upmove left in Jet and Spicejet who have been both containing costs and the right sale and leaseback of assets could keep green growth profitable

Maruti is ripe for a down trade if you believe the shorts. The buys have gone by without a run in the morning session again but the afternoon should see one strong move to develop the later strategy on the short and mid term trend

 

India Morning Report August 01, 2012: There you go, Dollar is down, Rupee will correct that?

 

Korean surplus of $2.7B for the month was lower yet followed the Dollar index down becoming stronger and Chinese Economic data fooled quite a few with the state sponsored PMI going to another new low but staying above 50.

Economic conditions have improved however as China’s property is returning to a comeback and both Indonesia and China reported stronger PMIs , Indonesia scoring a 51.4 and China manufacturing scoring a high49.2 on the HSBC MarkIT surveys ahead of last month’s 48. While lead times and prices are weaker in the Chinese case, in the case of indonesia they are already stroner reflecting continuing groth as the previous series was also in expansion.

Indian data as usual is likely going to be in the comfortable 50s and then next week Services data would again be leading US.

Nifty is flat, banks are yet strong, HDFC Bank should get caught up with the leaders in pricign and the Northern power grid’s woes unlikely to affect production and services further. The Rupee should strengthen further as the Euro tracks to 1.23 and the Rupee has opened at nearly the same day before yesterday levels as it is apparently rudderless, india having being read land clean like a whistle, Rupee decides to create a intra day breathing and diving range with new Olympic disciplines in and out of matter

Economically India is stronger but as the rupee says, prove it! so do equities, cautiously optimistic and apparently time for a technical dragdown to the earlier Fibonacci levels would now make extremely sensible trading.

 

India Morning Report (July 05, 2012) : Risk on trade continues, yet a stalemate

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Of course no one’s fighting to take the Nifty down now but some are waiting if they can buyin again at lower levels an oft repeated strain since August 2011

However the correction though not perfectly correlated will depend on the weakening in the rupee as it becomes another export dependent economy without consumption growth as in Brazil, Australia China and Russia. Not to confuse the bulls, wea re still doing well, PMI at 55 and Services Indices at 54.3 athe best showing globally currently and a 5% growth guarantee at this bottom means India’s premium is justified and riskakers would be growin gIndi’s share . As BRICS follower Jim O Neill and now Goldman Sachs aver, the BRIC markets are at a 33% discount to their share of world GDP of 25% in their share of investment trades in Equities at 16% so the immediate opportunity in those which have steadied the tide in an environment of uncertainity, will get  alarger benefit of the global liquidity injections.

Ofcourse, India participation by FIIs remains capped and Policy decisions continue to teak within India’s share literally capped at 5% in the Global Indices

Acorrection is unlikely as Consolidation has held, and the investors must be patient. The Rupee may let the Dollar recover durin gthe day today as emerging currencies broke their 4 day run yesterday

India Morning Report (June 28, 2012) – Expiry Day is here, Nifty on way to 5300

The Big Thursday is here and stocks still have potential of a positive run despite a continuing more tentative move that seems to be taking Nifty the hole 9 yards to each new high especially ith the Dollar linkages still in the equities segment. Dollar should be weaker in CDS trading today as the upmove is confirmed and most tail events behind us with the Presidential battle on. The SGX is enjoying its moment in the sun as a leading indicator of the collective sentiment and Sensex futures are doing fine too in this and the July series. July series positions include good rollovers in Public sector Banks like Bank of Baroda, big moves in the Big Four in Banking and that could mena a big upward correction for Axis in which shorts continue unabated.

Reeforms are not likely to be germaine with  a valid impact on the markets as most would be actions on direction we have seen turn out to be wishy washy temporary cliffs for bears in the wild. india however continues to hold the solitary hope for a global recovery with China yet not buying and the BRICs sentiment challenged globally by fears of hyper inflation which india watchers and India bulls know to be unlikely in this part of Asia

Reeforms are not likely to be germaine with  a valid impact on the markets as most would be actions on direction we have seen turn out to be wishy washy temporary cliffs for bears in the wild. india however continues to hold the solitary hope for a global recovery with China yet not buying and the BRICs sentiment challenged globally by fears of hyper inflation which india watchers and India bulls know to be unlikely in this part of Asia

India Trade and Revenue Deficit Data – May 2012

Exports continue to consolidate at May figures above $25.5 B. imports are consistent with this year’s degrowth at $ 41.9B and the trade deficit at $16B may mean more weakness for the rupee though policy measures are in place

Jewelery exports are hardly down 9%, ready made garments hit by lack of demand in Europe, and petroleum products 26% apart from the known lack of traction in engineering goods. However imports are down too and the $16.9 B deficit is a relief.

Indirect Tax collections were up 16% till April with Service tax collections for the month up 45% on the year to the new target of 1T

India Inflation Reports (May 2012) : Last series for WPI data?

World map showing inflation, updated for 2009....
World map showing inflation, updated for 2009. Grey means no data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The use of monthly CPI data for now more than 14-15 months with Y-o-Y inflation comparisons available for 2 months on the trot, it may now be a matter of time before the WPI data becomes secodnary in the Indian scheme. Consumer point inflation though has been refashioned and some may want to verify it further and the WPI trends at sub series level across Core, Primary and Fuel as well are available for estimation quite discreetly and forecasts may not get market confidence for some more time.

The Core inflation is expected to be the biggest encouraging figure in the May data at 4.7% almost half of the data till no in the past one year, which encourage bonds to move down to below 8% in anticipation of a positive RBI Monday. Fuel inflation though likely to go back to near 13% is s till belo the 2011 benchmark of 14.5% and the Primary Articles data of 12% is actually understandable and does not require more policy action as commodities trend down steeply in many cases despite China’s buying having begun in earnest in May

The rate cuts may be 50 bp as pointed out by current 20Y yield movement but then RBI will be not expected to do more than 150 basis points in the whole year and a 50 bp cut removes the flexibiliity from its hands having committed then 100 bp before JAS and OND quarters even begin and that likely means the markets will prepare for a slow(25bp) of fast ( 0 bp) descent on Monday

The inflation data is a little late but safely bullish for the RBI Policy day at 7.55% Primary inflation at 10.88% was still less than 11% and fuel inflation did not get most of the fuel rise in the last week at 11.53%. The Core inflation was below 5% at 4.99% primary and Fuel inflation ere at 9.71% and11% in April 2012

A lasting short covering rally as the rupee rises – India Morning report – The Monday Morning Pre Market Report

India’s Financing continues to catch up with global coprorations ith three Indian banks accessing the Dim Sum bonds market this year to raise CNY 2B or $300 mln including a small taste maker bet from ICICI to take advantage of the 0.5% lower costs even for Indian companies.

Fixed market yields are range bound and Domestic credit has also picked up with the stock of Cheap ECB credit despite depreciation at $40B. Also rupee is likely to follow the downfall in the Dollar indices to some extent as the Eurozone gets ready to fund EUR 100B to Spanish Banks as requested on the weekend by Spanish FM De Guindos.

Domestic credit growth is of couse still 14% levels after the jump in the last week of March and has a long way to go with NBFC exposures pared. The stock of bad loans is expected to grow from the current 2.3% albeit at a very small pace and unfortunately, because the rate cut is not coming and the market is still hoping it will follow after global easing moves in May, I exited prematurely at great losses on the 5000 and the 5100 Condors/Straddles at the 2 pm see-saw in the market on Friday. The FII strategy of buying futures with 5000 puts remains safe, most can not necessarily bother with buying any puts as the market look unlikely to turnaround before 5150. Banks are good long term investments but before the weekend policy announcement the markets are likely to lean towards there won’t be a rate cut or accentuate the massacre on Monday

Demand from China has picked up including imports of Copper up 65% Y/Y which include a genuine pick up in demand as it was planned for long time. 200,000 tonnes of stock were reduced in Shanghai in Feb 2012 and any physical transfers at LME prices to Shanghai may not explain the complete pick up in demand leaving Copper happier from current los. India does export most of its stock ( not refined copper) to Shanghai,, so it should have more cause to cheer. The gap in Shanghai and LME prices continues to be more than $1000 a tonne and Oil prices keep falling even as Dollar now is a week into its roller coaster down leg with or without more QE from the Fed

 

Happy Thursdays! Expiry Volatility continues

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English: The Symbol of Indian Rupee approved by the Union Cabinet on 15 July 2010. The Design for the symbol was submitted by D. Udaya Kumar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One week to go, rupee made an equally violent come back even as the Euro finally matched INR levels to its own performance in Europe rather than wait for its comeback with stronger levels against  the rupee on the back of depreciation against the Dollar. Dollar marched on relentless against currencies yesterday before Chines Flash PMI data again confirmed the worst and again a rally in base metals and precious metals has been nipped in the bud because China would not be importing any more in a hurry esp after the export crunch began in APAC last month.

For equities, it means the risk trade is definitely off but the Dollar may have stopped rising giving a temporary synaptic failure between rupee depreciation and Equity crash so equities recovery can likely continue after the rupee is back at 55 levels too, not necessairily nose diving at every pick up in the USD against our currency. Changes like China’s tick down and the crash in Newzealand exports for example could disconnect the all markets correlation and that would be fortunate for most FIIs too as the Risk on trade can continue while Europe implodes on itself Spanish and Greek yields continuing rising upwards and ECB unable to afford another LTRO.

But then a lot of you should now just be trading June futures and banks and select equities like IDFC, REC in the infra sector ( or construction if you prefer)

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